The annual High Sheriff's Law Lecture took place at the University Examination Halls on 15 October 2013. Hosted by Professor Graham Upton, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, this year's lecture was delivered by the Right Honourable Lady Justice Hallett.
The High Sheriff's Law Lectures were started in 2005 by Ian Laing during his tenure as High Sheriff with the aim of bringing together members of the legal community in Oxfordshire at one event. It traditionally takes places on the second Tuesday of October, just before the ancient Glove Ceremony and Court Sermon which mark the start of the judicial year in Oxford. Members of the judiciary and the legal professions join together with academics and students to listen to a lecture given by a distinguished judge. Past lecturers have included Lord Bingham, Lord Phillips, Lord Mance and Lord Wilson.
This year, Lady Justice Hallett spoke on “Professionalism” to a full house. Lady Justice Hallett is one of this country's most eminent female judges. She became a High Court Judge in 1999 and has served on the Court of Appeal since 2005. She is Chairman of the Judicial College and was the first woman to chair the Bar Council. She was widely applauded for her compassionate handling of the inquests of the 52 people killed in the 7 July London bombings for which she acted as coroner.
(l-r): Professor Graham Upton, Lady Justice Hallett, Professor Timothy Endicott.