Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss

Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE, PC (née Havers; born 10 August 1933), is a retired English judge. She was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and, until 2004, was the highest-ranking female judge in the United Kingdom. Until June 2007, she chaired the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed. She stood down from that task with effect from that date, and the inquest was conducted by Lord Justice Scott Baker.

The Baroness Butler-Sloss

Official portrait of Baroness Butler-Sloss crop 2
President of the Family Division
of the High Court of Justice
In office
1999 – April 2005
Succeeded bySir Mark Potter
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
High Court judge
(Family Division) 3458
In office
Personal details
Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Havers

10 August 1933 (age 86)[1]
Buckinghamshire, England
Spouse(s)Joseph William Alexander Butler-Sloss (m. 1958)
  • Frances (b. 1959)
  • Robert (b. 1962)
  • William (1967–2018)

Early life

The daughter of Sir Cecil Havers, a judge, and Enid Flo Havers (née Snelling), she was sister to the late, and controversial, Lord Chancellor, The Lord Havers, and is aunt to his sons, the actor Nigel Havers and the barrister Philip Havers. She was educated at Broomfield House School in Kew, in West London, and Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire,[1] followed by a year at the University of Lausanne.[2] She passed the bar despite not possessing a university degree.[3]

She stood as the Conservative candidate for Vauxhall in the 1958 London County Council election, and the equivalent constituency in the 1959 General Election, where she won 38% of the vote, but was defeated by the Labour MP George Strauss.

Legal career

She was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in 1955. In 1958, she married Joseph Butler-Sloss. She was appointed a Registrar at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in 1970. In 1979, she became the fourth woman to be appointed a High Court judge,[4] after Elizabeth Lane, Rose Heilbron, and Margaret Booth. As were all previous female High Court judges, she was assigned to the Family Division. She was also made a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE).[5]

In 1988, she became the first woman appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal (judge of the Court of Appeal),[6] having chaired the Cleveland child abuse inquiry in the previous year. In 1999, she became President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice,[7] the first woman to hold this position and the highest-ranking woman judge in the United Kingdom until Brenda Hale became the first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, in January 2004. She was known officially as "Lord Justice Butler-Sloss" until Bingham MR issued a practice direction in 1994 to refer to her informally as "Lady Justice Butler-Sloss"; the official title in s2(3) of the Senior Courts Act 1981 was amended by the Courts Act 2003.

She was advanced to the rank of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours.[8] On 12 January 2005, it was announced that she was retiring, being replaced as President of the Family Division by Sir Mark Potter, then a Lord Justice of Appeal.

On 3 May 2006, it was announced by the House of Lords Appointments Commission that she would be one of seven new life peers – so-called 'people's peers'.[9] She was created Baroness Butler-Sloss, of Marsh Green in the County of Devon, on 13 June 2006, sitting as a crossbencher.[10] On 4 August 2006 she was appointed to the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved for a period of five years.[11]

On 7 September 2006, she was appointed as Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household and Assistant Deputy Coroner for Surrey for the purpose of hearing the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.[12][13][14]

On 2 March 2007, she was appointed as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London for the purpose of transferring the jurisdiction of the inquest to Inner West London so that the proceedings may sit in the Royal Courts of Justice. On 24 April 2007, she announced she was stepping down in June 2007, saying she lacked the experience required to deal with an inquest with a jury. The role of coroner for the inquests was transferred to Lord Justice Scott Baker. This had been preceded by the overturning by the High Court of her earlier decision to hold the inquest without a jury.[15]

She became Chancellor of the University of the West of England in 1993 and an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, King's College London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She sits on the Selection Panel for Queen's Counsel. In December 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Bath, and in June 2005 she was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University. She was Chairman of the Security Commission prior to its abolition in 2010.

On 8 July 2014, it was announced that Baroness Butler-Sloss would chair the forthcoming large-scale inquiry into cases of child sex abuse in previous decades.[16] She stood down on 14 July after mounting pressure from victims' groups and MPs over her suitability regarding the fact that her brother was the Attorney General at the time of some of the abuses in question[17][18] and her perceived unwillingness to include mention of former Anglican bishop Peter Ball.[19]

Personal life

She and her husband, Joseph William Alexander Butler-Sloss, have three children:

  • Hon. Frances Ann Josephine Butler-Sloss (now Richmond) (b. 13 October 1959);
  • Hon. Robert Joseph Neville Galmoye Butler-Sloss (b. 15 July 1962); married Hon. Sarah Jane Sainsbury, daughter of Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, President of Sainsbury's[20]
  • Hon. William Edmund Minchin Patchell Butler-Sloss (b. 21 September 1967, d. 13 March 2018); married Hon. Victoria Harwood, a voice actress and author.

Baroness Butler-Sloss is a church-going Anglican. In 2002, she chaired the Crown Appointments charged with the selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury. She was Chairman of the Advisory Council of St Paul's Cathedral from 2000–2009.[2] Baroness Butler-Sloss currently serves as Chair for the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.[21] As of 2015, she lives in East Devon.[22]

Famous judgments


  1. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 617. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b "Why I am Still an Anglican", Continuum 2006, p. 48
  3. ^ Dyer, Clare (11 November 2004). "The Guardian profile: Elizabeth Butler-Sloss". Retrieved 23 June 2017 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "No. 47968". The London Gazette. 2 October 1979. p. 12354.
  5. ^ "No. 51202". The London Gazette. 18 January 1980. p. 599.
  6. ^ "No. 48072". The London Gazette. 19 January 1988. p. 899.
  7. ^ "No. 55633". The London Gazette. 11 October 1999. p. 10807.
  8. ^ "No. 57509". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2004. p. 7.
  9. ^ "No. 57972". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 May 2006. p. 6055.
  10. ^ "No. 58013". The London Gazette. 16 June 2006. p. 8261.
  11. ^ "No. 58062". The London Gazette. 4 August 2006. p. 10685.
  12. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Ex-judge tipped for Diana inquest". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  13. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Diana inquest to be held in 2007". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  14. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Diana inquest coroner steps down". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Paul & Ors v Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household & Anor [2007] EWHC 408 (Admin)".
  16. ^ "Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry". BBC News. 8 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Butler-Sloss urged to stand aside". BBC News. 14 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Butler-Sloss stands down". BBC News. 14 July 2014.
  19. ^ Alice Philipson (12 July 2014). "Baroness Butler-Sloss hid claims of bishop's sex abuse". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  20. ^ Sebag Montefiore 2003, p. 3458
  21. ^ "Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life". Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Lympstone child rapist found guilty despite Butler-Sloss support". Express & Echo. 18 August 2015. Archived from the original on 19 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Stephen Brown
President of the Family Division
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Potter
August 10

August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 143 days remain until the end of the year.

The term 'the 10th of August' is widely used by historians as a shorthand for the Storming of the Tuileries Palace on the 10th of August, 1792, the effective end of the French monarchy until it was restored in 1814.

Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB) was convened in 2013 by The Woolf Institute. Its purpose was to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, to consider the significance of emerging trends and identities, and to make recommendations for public life and policy. Its premise was that in a rapidly changing diverse society everyone is affected, whatever their private views on religion and belief, by how public policy and public institutions respond to social change.

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life is chaired by Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss and vice-chaired and convened by Edward Kessler. Its twenty members had a wide range of involvement in the issues that were examined. They were diverse in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and occupation, and in their religious, philosophical and political outlooks. They began by engaging in a substantial consultation exercise. There were six weekend meetings with visiting speakers, and public hearings were arranged in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester and London. A booklet was published and widely distributed and more than 200 substantial responses to this were received. There were many visits to, and interviews with, key individuals, projects and organisations.

The patrons of the commission are Iqbal Sacranie, Rowan Williams, Bhikhu Parekh and Harry Woolf, Baron Woolf.There was a special issue of the online magazine Public Spirit and a debate about the consultation in the House of Lords. It was from this mix of interactions and encounters, and from collective reflection on them, that their report was in due course distilled.

Elizabeth Butler

Elizabeth Butler may refer to:

Elizabeth Thompson (1846–1933), British painter who married Lieutenant General Sir William Butler

Elizabeth Beardsley Butler (1885–1911), social investigator of the Progressive Era

Elizabeth Golcher Butler (1831-1906), Most Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star

Elizabeth Butler, Countess of Desmond (c. 1585-1625) Countess of Desmond and Lady Dingwall

Elizabeth Butler, Countess of Ormond (1332–1390), wife of Irish peer James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond

Eliza Marian Butler (1885–1959), English scholar of German

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss (born 1933), English judge

Elizabeth Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (1640–1665), née Butler

Betsy Butler (born 1963), politician

Evans v United Kingdom

Evans v. the United Kingdom was a key case at the European Court of Human Rights. The case outcome could have had a major impact on fertility law, not only within the United Kingdom but also the other Council of Europe countries.

Professor John Harris of the University of Manchester told the BBC in September 2002:

If the woman (Natallie Evans) succeeds in this case then the whole basis upon which the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has operated thus far will be overturned. Until now, it has operated on the basis that there must be continuing consent between a man and a woman in every stage of the reproductive process. If she (Ms Evans) succeeds in this case, then she will have established that the man's role ends once the egg is fertilised.

On 10 April 2007 Natallie Evans lost her final appeal at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Lady Butler

Lady Butler may refer to:

Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (1891–1943), born Lady Eileen Butler

Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739–1829), Irish noblewoman, one of the Ladies of Llangollen

Eleanor Butler, Lady Wicklow, (1915–1997), Irish architect and politician

Lady Eleanor Talbot (died 1468), whose married name was Butler, alleged wife of King Edward IV of England

Eleanor Beaufort (1431–1501), wife of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond

Elizabeth Thompson (1846–1933), British painter

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss (born 1933)

Lady Mary Butler (1689–1713), friend of Jonathan Swift

List of Honorary Fellows of Peterhouse, Cambridge

This is a list of Honorary Fellows of Peterhouse, Cambridge. A list of current honorary fellows is published on the college's website at Fellows by Seniority.

Sir Hugh Beach

Alfred Brendel

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss

Sir Ian Corder

Adrian Dixon

Sir Richard Eyre

Sir Nicholas Fenn

Chan Gunn

Ian Hacking

Angela Hewitt

Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne

Sir John Kendrew

Sir Aaron Klug

Michael Levitt

Anthony Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick

Denis Mack Smith

Sir Noel Malcolm

Simon McBurney

Sam Mendes

Sir Christopher Meyer

Sir Declan Morgan

Klaus Roth

Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford

James Stirling

Sir John Meurig Thomas

Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford

David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn

Sir David Wright

Sir Tony Wrigley

List of Honorary Fellows of St Hilda's College, Oxford

This is a list of current and past Honorary Fellows of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

Mildred Archer

Mary Bennett

Marilyn Butler

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss

Fiona Caldicott

Lorna Casselton

Jacqueline du Pré

Janet Gaymer

Susan Greenfield

P. D. James

Gwyneth Jones

Elizabeth Topham Kennan

Hermione Lee

Nicola LeFanu

Mary Lefkowitz

Toni Morrison

Gillian Shephard

Rosalyn Tureck

List of Today programme guest editors

The Today programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK has an annual week of guest editors over the Christmas and New Year period. This is the full list of the individuals involved.2003 guest editors:

Monica Ali,

Norman Tebbit

Thom Yorke

Gillian Reynolds

Stephen Hawking2004 guest editors:


Richard Branson

Anthony Minghella

Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York

Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve2005 guest editors:

David Blunkett MP

Anna Ford,

Queen Noor of Jordan,

Steve Chandra Savale, - member of the band Asian Dub Foundation

Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC2006 guest editors:

Yoko Ono

Sir Clive Woodward

Zac Goldsmith

Rowan Williams

Allan Leighton2007 Guest Editors

Stella Rimington

Damon Albarn

Peter Hennessy

Sir Martin Evans

Richard Lewis, Samantha Gainard and Paul Amphlett of Dyfed-Powys Police as nominated by Today Programme Listeners.2008 Guest Editors

Zadie Smith

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Jarvis Cocker

Sir Win Bischoff

Zaha Hadid2009 Guest Editors

Martin Rees

David Hockney

Tony Adams

PD James

Robert Wyatt

Shirley Williams2010 Guest Editors

Diana Athill

Colin Firth

Sam Taylor Wood

Richard Ingrams

Dame Clara Furse2011 Guest Editors

Sebastian Coe

Mo Ibrahim

Tracey Emin

Sir Victor Blank

Baroness Boothroyd

Stewart Lee2012 Guest Editors

Mass Observation

Sir Paul Nurse

Melinda Gates

Dame Ann Leslie

Benjamin Zephaniah

Al Murray2013 Guest Editors

Sir Tim Berners Lee

Michael Palin

Eliza Manningham Buller

Antony Jenkins

PJ Harvey2014 Guest Editors

John Bercow

Tracey Thorn

Mervyn King, Baron King of Lothbury

Lenny Henry

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss2015 Guest Editors

Michael Sheen

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Miriam González Durántez

David Adjaye

Baroness Campbell

Lord Browne2016 Guest Editors

Nicola Adams

Carey Mulligan

Helena Morrissey

Sally Davies2017 Guest Editors

Tamara Rojo

Prince Harry

Ben Okri

Baroness Trumpington

AI Robot2018 Guest Editors

David Dimbleby

Kamila Shamsie

Martha Lane Fox

Angelina Jolie

Chidera Eggerue

Andrew Roberts

Outer Space

List of barons in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

This is a list of the 1187 present and extant Barons (Lords of Parliament, in Scottish terms) in the Peerages of England, Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Note that it does not include those extant baronies which have become merged (either through marriage or elevation) with higher peerage dignities and are today only seen as subsidiary titles. For a more complete list, which adds these "hidden" baronies as well as extinct, dormant, abeyant, and forfeit ones, see List of Baronies.

This page includes all life barons, including the Law Lords created under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. However hereditary peers with the rank of viscount or higher holding also a life peerage are not included.

List of current members of the British Privy Council

This is a list of current members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, along with the roles they fulfil and the date when they were sworn of the Council. Throughout this article, the prefix The Rt Hon. is omitted, because every Counsellor bears it, as is the postnominal PC, as every Counsellor who is also a peer uses it.

The Council is composed mostly of politicians (be they from the British government, other parties, or Commonwealth governments) and civil servants, both current and retired (since membership is for life). Among those politicians generally sworn of the council are Ministers of the Crown, the few most senior figures of the Loyal Opposition, the Parliamentary leader of the third-largest party (currently SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford), and a couple of the most senior figures in the devolved British governments, including the First Ministers. Besides these, the Council includes a very few members of the Royal Family (usually the consort and heir apparent only), a few dozen judges (the Supreme Court Justices, the Senior Judges of England and Wales, and the Senators of the College of Justice of the Inner House in Scotland) and a few clergy (the three most senior Church of England bishops).

List of members of Peterhouse, Cambridge

This ia a list of notable members of Peterhouse, a college of the University of Cambridge, England. It includes alumni, fellows and Masters of the college.

Sainsbury family

The Sainsbury family (also Lord Sainsbury and family and incorrectly the Sainsbury's family) founded Sainsbury's, the UK's second-largest supermarket chain. Today, the family has many interests, including business, politics, philanthropy, arts, and sciences.

Women in law

Women in law describes the role played by women in the legal profession and related occupations, which includes lawyers (also called barristers, advocates, solicitors, attorneys or legal counselors), paralegals, prosecutors (also called District Attorneys or Crown Prosecutors), judges, legal scholars (including feminist legal theorists), law professors and law school deans.


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.