Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC QC FBA (born 31 January 1945) is an English barrister, jurist and judge, who is the current Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She is the only woman ever to have been appointed to this position.
Positive discrimination may be needed to redress the gender imbalance among senior judges, the only woman in Britain's highest court has proposed. The supreme court justice Lady Hale warned that the UK is "out of step with the rest of the world" in terms of judicial diversity.
And to top it all, next Monday the first woman to join their ranks - a self-confessed feminist who has declared that she wants "to see changes in the way society is organised, rather than wanting women to conform to male-determined roles" - takes up her post.
Brenda Hoggett, as a member of the Law Commission played a major role in the development of the Family Law Act 1996. This is the Act which incorporated the 'no-fault' divorce principle, already introduced in the 1970s by stealth, into statute, without the approval of most of the public or even of their knowledge. The effects of 'no-fault' divorce on men are described in our publications pages. She has also promoted the idea that the law should treat married and cohabiting couples in the same manner.
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