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Recently published MoJ figures show that the Judicial Diversity Committee still has a long way to go. The statistics, which provide a diversity breakdown of the courts and tribunals judiciary as at 1 April 2018, show that more than two thirds of court judges and more than half of tribunal judges are men. This figure is even higher for senior judges i.e. in the Court of Appeal and High Court and Upper Tribunal judges. Only around 8% of judges identified as BAME.

In the opening summary to the report, the Lord Chief Justice notes that although he is encouraged by various aspects of the statistics such as the increase in the number of female judges, there is still progress to be made. Around half of court judges under 50 are women, and women outnumber men in tribunal judges at all age groups under 60.

The Judicial Diversity Committee recently published its action plan for April 2018 to March 2019. It has promised to continue “the dialogue and engagement with BAME lawyers to better understand the barriers they face and identify what more they can do to support them”.

It wants to “encourage a wide range of applicants from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and support them to apply for a judicial appointment”. It also says that it aims to “develop strategies to enable career development and profession of under-represented groups within the judiciary”.

Napo’s AGM (5th – 6th October) will feature a panel debate on “BAME in the CJS – making Lammy a reality”, with panellists Dr Neville Lawrence, Jeremy Crook (Race Liaison Lead with HMPPS), Nequela Whittaker (founder of CEO) and Craig Simpson (Chair of RISE). This will take place on Friday 5th October at 2.00pm. Members interested in registering for AGM can do so on the Napo website. REGISTER HERE

You can find the Judicial Diversity Statistics at www.judiciary.uk/publications/judicial-diversity-statistics-2018

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