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Dame Janet Hilary Smith, DBE (born 29 November 1940), styled The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Smith, is a British judge and former President of the Council of The Inns of Court.

She was the judge who prepared a report on the activities of the British serial killer Harold ShipmanThe Shipman Inquiry. [1]

She was appointed a High Court Judge in 1992 (and received the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire), and became the fourth woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2002, following Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (now Baroness Butler-Sloss) (1988), Dame Brenda Hale (now Baroness Hale of Richmond) (1999) and Dame Mary Arden (2000).

In January 2003, she was appointed Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.

References

  1. ^ The Independent report on Harold Shipman

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