Caroline Swift

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The Honorable Mrs Justice Swift
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Personal details
Born Caroline Jane Swift
(1955-05-30) 30 May 1955 (age 63)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Peter Openshaw
Alma mater Durham University
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Dame Caroline Jane Swift, Lady Openshaw DBE (born 30 May 1955),[1] styled The Hon. Mrs Justice Swift, was leading counsel to the Inquiry in the Shipman Inquiry, which began in 2001.[2]

Swift was educated at St Aidan's College, Durham University (England)[3] where she was the President of the Durham Union Society. She 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.[4]

On 4 November 2005, Swift was created a DBE upon her appointment as a Justice of the High Court (Queen's Bench Division). Her husband, Sir Peter Openshaw, is also a High Court Judge, and was sworn in on the same day.[5]

Swift retired from the High Court on 1 August 2015.[6] From 1 January 2017 Swift was appointed to the position of chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.[7]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014. Mrs Justice Swift, 58 
  2. ^ Tameside Advertiser article Shipman Inquiry counsel Caroline Swift QC published 16 July 2002; accessed 7 June 2007.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "DBE Appointment of Caroline Swift QC and Julia Macur QC" Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.,; published 4 November 2005; accessed 7 June 2007.
  5. ^ ""Married judges make legal history". BBC News. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "High Court: Retirement of The Honourable Dame Caroline Jane Swift DBE". (Press release). 1 August 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "High Court judge made new chair of doctors' tribunal service" (Press release). Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.