Her Honour Judge Sapnara, a former member of Coram Chambers, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Lady Justice Arden was present at the ceremony as an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway.
After coming to England, aged six, following war in Bangladesh, Her Honour Judge Sapnara attended state schools and graduated with an LLB (Hons) from LSE. She was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a barrister for 24 years. She was the first BAME barrister to be elected to the Family Law Bar Association Committee and she also served on the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity committee. In 2004 she was appointed as an expert member of the Family Justice Council by the Lord Chancellor. She was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2014, and presides over both family and criminal cases.
Her Honour Judge Sapnara played a key role in the creation of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, and was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice as a Diversity Community Relations Judge and a Judicial Role Model. After watching her son graduate from Royal Holloway in 2015, with a degree in Economics, Her Honour Judge Sapnara, will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
We would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Her Honour Judge Sapnara on this achievement.