‘Equal merit’ diversity rule applied in 14 judicial appointments – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) selected candidates for the specific purpose of increasing diversity in 14 recommendations, according to the commission’s latest statistics bulletin published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd June 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Senior judges are hanging up their wigs. Replacing them won’t be cheap – The Guardian

‘The only branch of governance in which the public still has some faith is the judiciary – and it is facing a serious recruitment crisis.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice (PDF)

Temple Women’s Forum, 19th October 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Speech by President of the Queen’s Bench Division: Justice for the 21st Century – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division gave the Caroline Weatherill Lecture “Justice for the 21st Century” in the Isle of Man on 9 October 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judicairy, 12th October 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Number of female judges in UK ‘snowballing’ despite equality row – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in equality, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The rate at which women are being appointed judges is gathering momentum in a “snowball effect”, ensuring gender equality on the bench is not that far away despite remarks by supreme court justice Jonathan Sumption – so says a female judge involved in judicial selection.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Good news on diversity in judicial appointments – unless you are a solicitor – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors were the least successful group of people applying for judicial appointment over the last six months, and the situation is getting worse, the latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th June 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee – Litigation Futures

‘The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law – Speech by Lord Chief Justice

The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Chief Justice

Institute for Government, 1st December 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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

Solicitor denied judicial appointment because of points on driving licence loses JR – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor who was denied appointment at a district judge because he had seven points on his driving licence has failed in his challenge to the decision of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).’

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Litigation Futures, 27th May 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

JAC seeks first part-time High Court judge – Litigation Futures

“The first part-time High Court judge could start sitting next year after the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) launched a competition that allows candidates to work under flexible arrangements.”

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Litigation Futures, 15th October 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Sir John Thomas named as next lord chief justice – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2013 in judges, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news by sally

“Sir John Thomas, president of the queen’s bench division, is to become the next lord chief justice of England and Wales, Downing Street has confirmed.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Choice of Sir John Thomas as lord chief justice sees tradition prevail – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2013 in judges, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news, women by sally

“Non-selection of Lady Justice Hallett shows panel was not swayed by idea that it would be good to have a woman at the top.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Crime and Courts Act 2013: Consultation on the application of the equal merit provision – Judicial Appointments Commission

“The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is interested in views on potential approaches to the application of the provisions in Part 2 of Schedule 13 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (CCA) relating to diversity considerations where candidates for judicial office are of equal merit. The provisions in the CCA clarify that the JAC’s duty to make selections ‘solely on merit’ (S63(2) Constitutional Reform Act 2005) does not prevent it from selecting one candidate over another for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity where there are two candidates of equal merit.”

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Judicial Appointments Commission, 17th May 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Lord Phillips to challenge government on Supreme Court admin appointments – The Lawyer

Posted December 17th, 2012 in bills, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news, parliament, Supreme Court by sally

“The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, will challenge the right of the government to appoint the court’s chief executive in a proposed amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill this week.”

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The Lawyer, 17th December 2012

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Jack Straw on judicial appointments: ‘Labour went too far’ – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2012 in diversity, equality, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news by sally

“Former lord chancellor admits reformed system does not allow talented women and ethnic minorities to be sought out.”

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The Guardian, 4th December 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

5RB Conference: Keynote address – Speech by Mr Justice Tugendhat

5RB Conference: Keynote address (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Tugendhat

5RB Conference, 27th September 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

JAC commissioner: ‘let solicitors become judges’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The newly-appointed solicitor commissioner to the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has expressed scepticism about targets and quotas for diversity as well as the ‘tipping point’ method of favouring under-represented groups.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd May 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Welcomes Lords Constitution Committee Report on Judicial Appointments – The Bar Council

Posted March 29th, 2012 in judicial appointments commission, news, reports by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the House of Lords Constitution Committee in its report on Judicial Appointments published today. The inquiry, to which the former Chairman of the Bar, Peter Lodder QC, gave evidence, found that the principle of appointments based on merit is vital and should continue, an outcome which the Bar Council completely endorses.”

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The Bar Council, 28th March 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk