Former British judge to launch Inner Temple alumni

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Sep 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: Former British judge Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss will be here on Sept 15 for the launch of the Malaysian Inner Temple Alumni at the Royal Selangor Club.  

S. Radhakrishnan, honorary secretary of the pro tem committee for the alumni, said Dame Elizabeth had been made a Bencher of Inner Temple London in 1979 and was alumni treasurer in 1998. 

He added that the President of the London High Court's Family Division from 1999 to 2005 would speak at a public lecture at the Royal Lake Club the next day on current developments in child law.  

The lecture is organised by the pro tem committee of the Malaysian alumni and the Asean Law Association  

In her long career, Dame Elizabeth, 73, has dealt with matters relating to divorce, child custody and the rights of patients who cannot make their own decisions.  

She was created Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green of the County of Devon on May 2. She was appointed a High Court judge in 1979 and became the first woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. 

She was chairman of the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry (1987-88); her report resulted in the 1989 Children Act that incorporated many of her recommendations aimed at ensuring children were not removed from their parents' care unnecessarily.  

On Saturday, The Times in London reported that “the most experienced woman judge in Britain” had been lined up to preside over the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, scheduled for next year. 

It said that Michael Burgess, Coroner of the Royal Household, unexpectedly withdrew from the case last month, citing his heavy workload as the Surrey Coroner.  

Dame Elizabeth’s appointment has not been officially confirmed but a senior government official told The Times that only a few formalities remained to be completed.  

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