Nottingham’s First Three Women Magistrates

On 20th July 2020, 100 years to the day that the first three women Magistrates were appointed in Nottingham, an information board style plaque was installed at the Justice Centre. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed on 23rd December 1919 and women were at last able to access all aspects of the law as jury members, Magistrates and as legal professionals. In Nottingham Helena Brownsword Dowson, Mary Ball and Caroline Harper were all appointed to sit at the Guildhall.

The Chair of the current Nottinghamshire Bench Cherryl Lacey JP was delighted to mark her year in office by celebrating these pioneering women and the Magistrates Association who funded the plaque were pleased to highlight the hundred year celebration.