Janet November was born in Cheshire, England, educated in Liverpool and took a degree in Russian at Nottingham University in 1968. In 1980, she moved with her family to Victoria and completed an LLB at Melbourne University. Janet is married and has a son and a daughter and two granddaughters. She and her husband live in Eastbourne, near Wellington. She has been working as a Senior Legal and Policy Adviser at the Law Commission since 2001.