Jean Graham Hall: Tape Three

Scope and Content

Relations with other women members of the Bar; campaigns for women's rights. Secretary of British Association of Residential Settlements. Became magistrate, 1965. Preliminary sitting at Tower Bridge Court, then at Bow Street Court. Describes typical day as magistrate. Involved with Committee on Statutory Maintenance Limits, 1966-1968. Chaired committee on advice of Roy Jenkins: served with Lord McGregor. Became Deputy Judge at Quarter Sessions. Made County Court Judge, 1971. Describes attitudes towards her job. Jean Hall first woman to sit in criminal work with jury. Discusses her literary career: 'Towards a Family Court,' 1971; 'Child Abuse: Procedure and Evidence in Juvenile Courts,' 1978; plans for book on Ministry of Justice entitled 'The Next Practical Steps.' Talks about her hobbies, children and socialising. Patron of Multiple Births Committee. Speaking at High Sheriffs of England meeting; implementing Government Report. Plans for retirement: to become involved International Child Abduction prevention schemes; International Federation of Women Lawyers. Pressure for Family Courts. Regrets lack of involvement in committees re child abuse. Opinions on child abuse and 1991 Children's Act. End of interview.