The Guardian recently published an opinion piece on diversity within the judiciary and wider legal profession. The piece points out that the 12 members of the UK Supreme Court are all white and all but one are men.
However, a change may be on the cards. There are interviews taking place for the role of President of the Supreme Court and applications for the role of Lord Chief Justice recently closed. The Guardian rightly states that this is a good opportunity for a change in the judiciary. This could also set an example for the rest of the legal community.
For further insight into equality and diversity within the legal profession, check out our "Opening Up or Shutting Out" report.
By the time Britain’s most senior judges break for the summer at the end of July, the old establishment may have passed a watershed. Women may finally have made it to the very top. This month, there are interviews for the post of the UK’s top judge, the president of the supreme court. Last week, applications for the role of lord chief justice, the head of the judicial system in England and Wales, closed. Two other positions in the supreme court will soon be vacant. Never has there been a better opportunity for radical change. The absence of judicial diversity stands out in the senior courts, but it spreads across the legal profession. Although it has improved in the lower courts, wherever judges are largely drawn from the Bar, they tend to be white and male.