UK courtrooms do not reflect diversity of the communities they serve, judge says – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2016 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Schools and policymakers have a responsibility to address the lack of diversity in the judiciary to better reflect society as a whole, a top judge has said. The UK’s “white, middle-class, middle-aged, male” courtrooms do not represent the diverse communities they are supposed to serve, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said, emphasising her strong desire for “change”.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2016

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Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 29th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th January 2016

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Higher education reform much-needed, but government must take time to get the framework right, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Reforming higher education in England is both long overdue, and vitally needed to protect the sector’s hard-won reputation.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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Bar regulator seeks women’s experiences at the Bar, launches survey – The Bar Council

Posted January 13th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a survey today to better understand women’s experiences of the equality rules of the BSB Handbook.’

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The Bar Council, 12th January 2016

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Bar Council warns of threat to judiciary from lack of diversity among QCs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 13th, 2016 in diversity, judiciary, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘The senior judiciary “may not reflect the communities it seeks to serve” because of a lack of ethnic minority and female QCs, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th January 2016

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Number of female applicants for QC still stubbornly low, selectors say – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2016 in diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘The number of women applying for Queen’s Counsel remains “stubbornly low”, the appointments panel has said, after promoting 25 female barristers and solicitor advocates among a total of 107.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2016

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Social background determines career prospects, say almost nine out of ten law students – Legal Week

Posted December 14th, 2015 in diversity, equality, law firms, legal education, legal profession, news, statistics by sally

‘Survey of law students finds strong feelings on influence of upbringing on career prospects, as law firms take new approaches to improve diversity’

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Legal Week, 10th December 2015

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Pop culture 101: a guide for out-of-touch judges – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2015 in diversity, judiciary, news by sally

‘After the release of a recent survey by the Sutton Trust showing that nearly 75% of senior judges are privately educated – compared with about 7% of the general population – many assume the judiciary in England and Wales is out-of-touch with popular culture.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2015

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Judicial system should be “more ready to accommodate academics”, Lord Neuberger says – Litigation Futures

Posted December 9th, 2015 in disabled persons, diversity, equality, gender, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The judicial system should be “more ready to accommodate academics” who were “more notable for their quality than for their quantity”, Lord Neuberger has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th December 2015

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Top judge leads calls to scrap mandatory daily Christian worship in UK schools – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in Christianity, consultations, diversity, education, inquiries, news, school children by sally

‘Schools should no longer face a legal requirement to provide daily acts of worship of a Christian character, under radical reforms being proposed by a top-level inquiry into the place of faith in multicultural Britain.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2015

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Call for fewer Church of England bishops in House of Lords – BBC News

‘The number of Church of England bishops who sit as peers in the House of Lords should be cut to make way for leaders of other faiths, a new report argues.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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New figures highlight difficulties of finding pupillage as diversity of Bar students increases – Legal Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in barristers, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘There is no problem with ethnic diversity on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), new figures have revealed, with the number of students from Asian backgrounds increasing in recent years to the point where it almost equals the number of white students.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd December 2015

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Failure of QC appointment system to deliver diversity “should cast doubt on future of status” – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2015 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Abolishing the status of QC should now be seriously considered in the light of research that shows male Oxbridge-educated junior barristers from London-based chambers are still far more likely to take silk, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2015

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Transcript of the Lord Chief Justice’s Annual Press Conference 2015 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, held his annual press conference on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015, at the Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

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Lady Hale: supreme court should be ashamed if diversity does not improve – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2015 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The UK’s supreme court should be “ashamed” if it does not radically improve its diversity in the next round of judicial appointments, according to its only female judge, Lady Justice Hale.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2015

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#killallwhitemen row: charges dropped against student diversity officer – The Guardian

‘Bahar Mustafa, the Goldsmiths student diversity officer who was due to appear in court after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen, has had charges against her dropped.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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Insisting on a 2:1 degree for barristers “could discriminate against BAME students” – Legal Futures

‘Insisting on an upper second class degree for future barristers could impose a “discriminatory burden” on BAME students, who are less likely to obtain them, a leading academic has argued in response to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation that raises the possibility.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2015

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Theresa May criticises police over stop and search, and race record – The Guardian

‘Theresa May will publicly criticise claims made by Britain’s most senior police officer that a rise in knife crime is linked to falls in stop and search, branding them as a “kneejerk reaction” and “false”.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice – Temple Women’s Forum

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice (PDF)

Temple Women’s Forum, 19th October 2015

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Quotas ‘demeaning’ to women and minority groups – Leveson – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2015 in diversity, judiciary, law firms, quotas, reports, speeches, women by tracey

‘The president of the Queen’s Bench Division has branded quotas as “demeaning” to women and minority ethnic groups.
Sir Brian Leveson (pictured) waded into the controversial debate over quotas ahead of the publication of a government-backed report that could put law firms under new pressure to promote women in senior posts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2015

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