Judith Swinkels

Judith Swinkels
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
3 November 2015  23 March 2017
Personal details
Born (1961-06-04) 4 June 1961
Tilburg, Netherlands
Political party Democrats 66
Alma mater Leiden University

Judith C.M. Swinkels (born 4 June 1961) is a Dutch politician, she was a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the Democrats 66 from 3 November 2015 to 23 March 2017. Previously she was a lawyer and judge.


Swinkels was born on 4 June 1961 in Tilburg. She went to the gymnasium in the same city between 1973 and 1979. She subsequently studied civil and European law at Leiden University and graduated in 1984.[1] Swinkels was occupied as a lawyer between 1985 and 1999. Between 1999 and 2002 she worked for the Netherlands Competition Authority. In 2002 Swinkels was appointed as judge in Haarlem. The first five years she was judge for civil and trade law. In 2007 this became civil and family and youth law. In 2011 she switched to civil and criminal law.[1]

In the Parliamentary elections of 2012 Swinkels occupied number 14 on the Democrats 66 party list and was not elected as the party gained 12 seats.[2]

On 3 November 2015 Swinkels joined the House of Representatives of the Netherlands as replacement of Magda Berndsen. She took up the security and justice portfolio which Berndsen previously held.[3] Swinkels had resigned as a judge on 1 November.[1] Her term in the House ended on 23 March 2017.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Mr. J.C.M. (Judith) Swinkels" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. "Judith Swinkels nieuw D66-Kamerlid" (in Dutch). Tweede Kamer. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. Tom Reijner (3 November 2015). "Rechter Judith Swinkels (D66) neemt plaats in Tweede Kamer" (in Dutch). Elsevier.nl. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
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