Lady Butler Sloss has been appointed as the coroner for the forthcoming inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed nine years ago.
The inquests are expected to begin in early 2007. They have been held up by a French investigation into the August 1997 car crash in Paris which killed Diana and Al-Fayed, as well as Lord Stevens’ investigation into the crash.
Butler Sloss retired as president of the Family Division of the High Court last year after a long judicial career which began with her appointment to the Bench in 1979.
She has been appointed as the deputy coroner of the Queen’s Household and an assistant deputy coroner for Surrey in order to hear the inquests. Butler Sloss will act an independent judicial officer, taking instructions from nobody.