Judges: JUDGES Call Her Mister

For all its wigs, gowns and black silk stockings, British law remains so anti-feminist that only 100 women have yet joined the country's 2,000 barristers (lawyers who plead court cases).* Only four women barristers have yet earned the elite title of Queen's Counsel (senior barrister). Only one woman Q.C. has yet become a judge in one of Britain's nearly 400 county courts. Not surprisingly, the elevation of that same woman to the country's No. 3 tribunal, the High Court of Justice, has touched off a splendidly British protocol crisis.

Visually, Mrs. Elizabeth Lane, 60, will...

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