The British Justice Secretary Alex Chalk KC has said that Dame Sue Carr will be the next Lord Chief Justice.
This is the first time in 755 years that a woman has taken up the post.
Law Society of England and Wales President Lubna Shuja said: “We are delighted to hear this news and congratulate Dame Sue Carr on her appointment as the first ever woman Lord Chief Justice.
“This is a historic moment and I hope will lead to further progress on women’s representation within the judiciary.
“Only around a third of judges in our courts are women, with even fewer in the senior judiciary. We need to see this improve. This momentous appointment is a sign that times are changing.
“I look forward to working with Dame Sue Carr when she takes office.”