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Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

(1955-), Barrister and Attorney-General for England and Wales

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, Scotland grew up in east London. She trained as a lawyer and in 1991 became both the first black woman and youngest woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel. She was also the first black woman to be appointed Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and Master of Middle Temple. Scotland joined the House of Lords in 1997 as Baroness Scotland of Asthal, going on to serve in the Foreign Office, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department. She spearheaded major reform of the criminal justice system, including the introduction of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act. In 2007, she was appointed Attorney General, the first woman to hold the post since its creation in 1315.

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Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, by Simon Frederick - NPG P2049

Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG P2049

Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, by Donald MacLellan - NPG x88349

Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

by Donald MacLellan
toned bromide print, 28 May 1997
NPG x88349


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