If the fact it’s almost the weekend isn’t enough good news for you, then how about news the UK is about to appoint a woman as the most senior judge in the country?
Baroness Hale, who has a history of being generally pretty amazing and groundbreaking, has officially been announced to take on the job of President of the Supreme Court. She replaces Lord Neuberger who will be retiring.
She’ll be the first woman to hold the role – and it will also be the first time a woman has been the most senior judge in the country.
So, what’s she all about then?
Lady Hale, who is currently the Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court – the highest court in the country, has a history of being the first.
The 72-year-old has been a long-standing prominent champion of diversity in the judiciary, often criticising the profession as being filled with white men from similar backgrounds.
Speaking to The Telegraph back in 2013 she blamed “and awful lot of unconscious assumptions and judgements” for the lack of female judges at the top of the profession.
“If you hardly ever see a woman, you don’t really know how to assess somebody who’s a candidate,” she adds.
“It is tiring to have to be talking about why we have so few women in the higher ranks of the judiciary in this country when most countries in the world have solved the problem. It is a bore.
“I would like us not to have to talk about it, but we do have to talk about it because the present situation is terrible.”
So, what about human rights?
Yep, in keeping with her generally great qualities, she’s also a big human rights fan.
Previously she’s spoken out about the benefits of the Human Rights Act, the piece of legislation that makes the Human Rights Convention law in the UK, as well as being a self-declared feminist and supporter of LGBT rights.
Human rights quote of the day – most popular this week was Brenda Hale pic.twitter.com/37JK4ap5d3
— RightsInfo (@rights_info) June 12, 2016
The Yorkshire-born judge advocated for same-sex marriage almost a decade before the UK introduced the change, and has been a strong supporter of same-sex parent’s rights.
Most recently she was on the panel of judges which voted to end pension discrimination for gay couples, but has also given important judgements on children’s rights, women’s rights and mental health.
Guess it’s gone down well then?
Of course! Ever since the news was hinted at the by The Times this morning social media has been buzzing with excitement from those both in and outside of the legal profession.
Let’s talk about why Baroness Hale as the new Supreme Court Court President is a really really good thing…
— Adam Wagner (@AdamWagner1) July 21, 2017
— Suzanne Gallagher (@LinguistLawyer) July 20, 2017
Oh, and if you want a little bit more good news for your weekend, there will also be some other new appointments to the Supreme Court announced at the same time, and it looks like Lady Justice Black could be among them!
Want some more good news about human rights? It is a weekend after all…
- Look at this inspirational teenager determined to get you talking about your rights
- Watch how human rights brought one father and son back together
- Understand why you could be seeing more ‘human rights cities’ across the UK