According to a study conducted by the reform group Justice, the senior judiciary has a "a serious constitutional issue" because it is dominated by privately educated white men. A Working Party which was set up as part of Justice stated that there is a significant pool of talent from which a more diverse senior judiciary could be drawn, but active steps need to be taken to recruit from beyond the independent Bar.
Justice has suggested that strong targets or even quotas may been needed in order to improve diversity on the bench. It will be interesting to see how the legal profession responds.
For further insight into diversity within the legal profession, check out our thought leadership report, "Opening up or shutting out".
The senior judiciary is dominated by privately educated white men and may need “targets with teeth” – if not quotas – to improve diversity on the bench, a report by senior lawyers has warned. The study by the reform group Justice is highly critical of the slow progress made towards selecting judges who reflect the UK’s ethnic, gender and social composition. That failure, it says, has become “a serious constitutional issue”.