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Monday, January 18, 1999 Published at 11:51 GMT


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Justice Hogg: A career in child welfare



A judge whose career has centred around cases concerning child welfare will decide whether runaway foster parents Jeff and Jenny Bramley are to be allowed to adopt Jade and Hannah Bennett.

Mrs Justice Hogg, a mother of two children both aged under 10, has been a High Court judge in the Family Division since 1995 and served on the council of the Children's Society from 1990 to 1995.


[ image: Mrs Justice Hogg: Made an appeal for the Bennetts' return]
Mrs Justice Hogg: Made an appeal for the Bennetts' return
Dame Mary Claire Hogg, 52, comes from a famous legal and political dynasty; she is the daughter of former Lord Chancellor Lord Hailsham and sister of former agriculture minister Douglas Hogg.

Educated at St Paul's girls school in London, she decided to train for the law instead of going to university.

When she was appointed to her present position in 1995, she became only the seventh female High Court judge.

A year later, she hit the headlines after issuing an emergency order for a pregnant woman to be held in hospital against her will and forced to have her baby by Caesarean section.

Mrs Justice Hogg has that admitted her own feelings as a mother prompted her to issue an appeal last November for the Bramleys to return Jade and Hannah, saying she was "very worried for their safety".

The High Court tipstaff said at the time he had never heard of a similar plea from a judge and that, although acting in a judicial capacity, Mrs Justice Hogg was "concerned as a mother" about the two girls.

She was awarded the DBE in 1995 and was given an honorary doctorate of law the same year by the University of Westminster, of which she is governor.



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