Cornish to be given ‘national minority’ status – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2014 in equality, human rights, minorities, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces the Cornish will be given same status as people from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2014

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Solicitors Regulation Authority ‘not racist’ but black solicitors treated harshly – The Independent

‘The body that investigates solicitors has been cleared of institutional racism despite an independent inquiry concluding that it disproportionately pursues black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers for alleged wrongdoing.’

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The Independent, 14th March 2014

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Tribunal fees regime rolls on. For now… – 13 KBW Employment

‘The union challenge to the Tribunal fees regime was seen off by Chambers’ own Susan Chan, representing the Lord Chancellor as sole counsel, who herself enjoys a busy employment practice. For obvious reasons she is unable to comment on the matter herself. Though of course a public law case, there can scarcely have been a judicial review decision in recent memory of more interest to the employment practitioner.’

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13 KBW Employment, 7th March 2014

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Diversity League Table: minorities still under-represented at the top of the profession – The Lawyer

Posted November 13th, 2013 in diversity, minorities, news, solicitors by tracey

“The latest Diversity League Table from the Black Solicitors Network suggests that despite improved access to the profession minority groups remain under-represented at the top.”

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The Lawyer, 12th November 2013

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Police face court over refusal to hand over reports on anti-Muslim ‘bias’ – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard is facing court action next week after refusing to hand over the results of investigations it was ordered to conduct into claims that it used counter-terrorism powers to discriminate against and harass innocent Muslims.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2013

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Fall in solicitor applications to bench ‘matter of concern’ says Judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 2nd, 2013 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, news, solicitors, women by sally

“The outgoing lord chief justice has called for action to reverse a decline in the number of solicitors applying for judicial posts. In his last annual report, published today, Lord Judge says ‘it is a matter of concern’ that there has been a decrease in the proportion of successful candidates with a professional background of solicitor.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th August 2013

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Judicial Appointments Commission performance in improving judicial diversity regarding women and BAME candidates: evidence pack – Judicial Appointments Commission

“This evidence-pack reports on the diversity of recommendations made by the JAC along gender and ethnicity for the court and tribunal judiciary. It compares this diversity against different standards, including the eligible pool and recommendations made prior to the formation of the JAC. It also looks at the change in diversity among the sitting judiciary since the formation of the JAC and shows how much work there is left to do before we have a truly representative judiciary.”

Evidence pack (Powerpoint)

Judicial Appointments Commission, 13th June 2013

Source: www.jac.judiciary.gov.uk

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Stop and search: home secretary launches consultation on police powers – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has launched a six-week consultation over the future of police stop-and-search powers after telling MPs that black people were still seven times more likely to be searched on the street than white people.”

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2013

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Judges and Policy: A Delicate Balance – Speech by Lord Neuberger

Judges and Policy: A Delicate Balance (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger

Institute for Government, 18th June 2013

Source: www.supremecourt.gov.uk

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Legal profession must do more to improve ethnic diversity, says Supreme Court president – The Independent

Posted June 19th, 2013 in equality, judiciary, legal profession, minorities, news by sally

“The UK’s top judge has acknowledged that the senior judiciary is monolithic and there are not enough members of ethnic minorities represented.”

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The Independent, 18th June 2013

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Legal aid cuts ‘end high-profile BME cases’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 17th, 2013 in budgets, legal aid, legal representation, minorities, news by sally

“High-profile cases such as those of murder victims Stephen Lawrence and Victoria Climbié would not have been taken up by lawyers if the government’s legal aid cuts had been in place, a prominent solicitor-advocate has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2013

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Met police in talks over law change to allow positive discrimination – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in equality, minorities, news, police, recruitment by sally

“Scotland Yard has discussed with the government a radical change in race relations law to allow positive discrimination in recruitment, as the growth of London’s ethnic minority populations makes the gap between the police ranks and those they serve wider than ever.”

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2013

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Diversity Review of Complaints Processes – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 20th, 2013 in barristers, complaints, diversity, minorities, news, professional conduct by sally

“The Bar Standards Board has commissioned an external agency to review its professional conduct complaints processes. The action was taken following an internal report which showed that Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) barristers were over represented in the complaints process.”

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Bar Standards Board, 19th February 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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More female judges appointed – but ethnic minority candidates making slower progress – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2012 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, news, women by sally

“Women have a made a strong showing in the latest appointments to the bench, according to the latest statistics released by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2012

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Adoption process will be made fairer and faster, says David Cameron – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2012 in adoption, minorities, news by tracey

“Prime minister announces shakeup of rules, including moves to make it easier for white parents to adopt black children.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2012

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Adoption of children from different races to be made easier – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2012 in adoption, minorities, news by tracey

“The government is to introduce legislation to make it easier for prospective parents to adopt children from different racial or cultural backgrounds, Michael Gove has announced.”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2012

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Stop and search ‘racial profiling’ by police on the increase, claims study – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2012 in minorities, news, police, stop and search by sally

“Black people are 30 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, according to new analysis which reveals that ‘racial profiling’ has increased over the past year.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2012

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Trevor Phillips attacks ‘bonkers’ use of Human Rights Act – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2011 in equality, human rights, minorities, news by sally

“Trevor Phillips, the head of Britain’s equality watchdog, has attacked the ‘thoroughly bonkers’ misuse of the Human Rights Act – and warned that it must not become the ‘exclusive property of minorities’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2011

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Race variation in jail sentences, study suggests – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2011 in minorities, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

“Offenders from ethnic minorities are more likely than their white counterparts to be sentenced to prison for certain categories of crimes, according to an analysis of more than one million court records.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2011

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Police forces cease recording race of people they stop – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2011 in minorities, news, police, statistics by sally

“Police forces with some of the worst records of targeting black people have decided to stop recording the ethnicity of the people their officers stop and ask to account for their movements, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2011

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