Swift was educated at St Aidan's College, Durham University (England) and was called to the Bar, Inner Temple in 1977. The following year she began practising on the Northern Circuit, later becoming Assistant Recorder from 1992 until 1995, and QC in 1993. She became a Recorder in 1995, a Bencher in 1997.
On 4 November 2005, Swift was created a DBE upon her appointment as a Justice of the High Court (Queens Bench Division). Her husband, Peter Openshaw, is also a High Court Judge, and was sworn in on the same day.
- Tameside Advertiser article Shipman Inquiry counsel Caroline Swift QC published 16 July 2002; accessed 7 June 2007.
- UK Government News article DBE Appointment of Caroline Swift QC and Julia Macur QC published 4 November 2005; accessed 7 June 2007.
- "BBC News Online article Married judges make legal history published 30 September 2005; accessed 6 June 2007.
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