Colm O’Cinneide and Kate Malleson: Are quotas for judicial appointments lawful under EU law? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In April 2014 Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, asked Karon Monaghan QC and Geoffrey Bindman QC to review the options for a future Labour Government to improve diversity in the judiciary. On November 6th their report, entitled “Judicial Diversity: Accelerating change”, was published. Starting from the premise that “[t]he near absence of women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic judges in the senior judiciary is no longer tolerable”, it proposes a range of recommendations designed to speed up the glacial pace of change. Perhaps the most controversial of these is for the introduction of a quota system for women and BAME candidates. The report reviews the use of quotas in other UK institutions as well as their use in judicial appointments processes around the world, before addressing the question of whether such quotas would be lawful under EU law. This is a key question: EU law casts a long shadow in this context, as the Monaghan and Bindman report makes clear, given that any legislation enacted in Westminster to give effect to a quota system in the process of judicial appointments must conform to the requirements of EU law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 12th November 2014

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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Retiring law firm partners to be offered short cut to senior judiciary – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, law firms, news by tracey

‘There is to be a drive to recruit retiring law firm partners to the senior judiciary in a bid to improve diversity, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2014

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Major report calls for quotas to increase diversity at top of judiciary – Litigation Futures

Posted November 6th, 2014 in consultations, diversity, judiciary, news, part-time work, reports by sally

‘A quota system should be introduced to address the under-representation of women and ethnic minority judges, a major independent report commissioned by the Labour Party has recommended.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th November 2014

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Diversity quotas back on agenda at league table launch – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 30th, 2014 in diversity, legal profession, news, quotas by sally

‘One of the founders of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) has called on the legal regulators to consider introducing quotas and targets to promote diversity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th October 2014

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Women make up only 25% of judges in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2014 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, reports, women by sally

‘The UK judicial system lags well behind the rest of Europe in terms of gender balance, according to a study of the relative efficiency of justice systems published on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2014

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Bar Council publishes third representational annual report – The Bar Council

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, budgets, costs, diversity, equality, fees, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published the third edition of its annual report, ‘Representing the Bar’, which focuses on the organisation’s representational activities and performance against key strategic aims for 2013-14.’

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The Bar Council, 19th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Judiciary needs fast-track scheme to boost diversity, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2014 in diversity, judges, judiciary, law firms, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘A career judiciary with fast-track promotion to higher courts may be required to overcome lack of diversity on the bench, the UK’s most senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

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More women judges will improve law': Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, statistics, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain’s legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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Scales of justice still unbalanced for female judges – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2014 in child abuse, diversity, equality, inquiries, judges, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘The lord chief justice admitted progress on diversity is too slow, while Chris Grayling’s offer of ‘partnership’ should be eyed warily.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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Bar Council and BSB confirm big drop in number of new tenancies – Legal Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news by sally

‘The number of tenancies available for newly qualified barristers fell dramatically in the most recent year for which figures are available – but not as badly as had been feared.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2014

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Women in the Judiciary – Lady Hale

Posted July 1st, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, speeches, women by sally

Women in the Judiciary (PDF)

Lady Hale

Fiona Woolf Lecture for the Women Lawyers’ Division of the Law Society, 27th June 2014

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

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Project pits women’s success stories against “negative narrative of diversity debate” – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘A five-year project to celebrate the achievements of women lawyers has been launched, culminating at the centenary of the Act of Parliament which abolished the bar on their entry into the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2014

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BSB bids to improve barristers’ reporting of certain diversity data – from abysmal to awful – Legal Futures

Posted June 13th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has set itself a minimum target of 30% for diversity data collection from barristers on sexuality, religion and disability.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2014

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New Equality objectives for 2014-15 – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 4th, 2014 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has developed and adopted five new equality objectives for 2014-15.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd June 2014

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Graham Gee and Kate Malleson: Judicial Appointments, Diversity and the Equal Merit Provision – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted May 7th, 2014 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news by sally

‘One of the changes introduced by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was to amend section 63 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which provides that the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) must select candidates for judicial office ‘solely on merit’. Schedule 13 of the 2013 Act clarified that making selections solely on merit does not prevent the JAC from recommending a candidate on the basis of improving diversity on the bench where there are two candidates of equal merit. This is variously known as the ‘equal merit’, ‘tie-break’ or ‘tipping point’ provision and derives from s 159 of the Equality Act 2010. After a consultation exercise last summer, the JAC last month published its policy on how it will implement the equal merit provision. In this post, we draw on research conducted as part of an AHRC-funded project on The Politics of Judicial Independence to explain why the JAC’s policy is disappointingly cautious, limits the prospect of further progress on diversity and offers further evidence of what we believe is the excessive judicial influence on judicial appointments.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th May 2014

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The City of London Solicitors’ Company – Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Posted April 9th, 2014 in courts, diversity, judiciary, law firms, London, news, speeches by sally

The City of London Solicitors’ Company (PDF)

Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Judiciary of England and Wales, 31st March 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Council and BSB publish statistics and trends about the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have published the third edition of the ‘Bar Barometer’ – an annual research report providing statistics and trends in the barristers’ profession of England and Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 1st April 2014

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Released short term prisoner face another two weeks behind bars if they ignore new supervision – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2014 in bills, diversity, magistrates, news, rehabilitation, supervision orders by sally

‘Damian Green, Justice minister, announces new powers for magistrates to ensure new supervision orders are met.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2014

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A ton of new QCs hit the courts – Litigation Futures

Posted February 19th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, solicitor advocates, statistics by sally

‘Exactly 100 advocates – made up of 95 barristers and five solicitors – were today named in the annual silk round.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th February 2014

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No more getting your clerk to do it – BSB bids to improve barristers’ diversity reporting – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to introduce a series of measures to improve diversity reporting among barristers after the vast majority refused to answer many of the questions posed about their backgrounds.’

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Legal Futures, 4th February 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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