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The aim of the Judicial Diversity Initiative (JDI) is to promote the equal participation of women and men from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and identities in the judiciary in England and Wales by 2020.

The JDI serves as a forum for bringing together academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers to work towards gender parity on the bench. Read about the JDI’s aims and background.

Latest News

  • New Zealand Supreme Court Makes History

    An interesting, symbolic, development in New Zealand where the Supreme Court sat a majority of women in an en banc sitting. Current female Justices of the Supreme Court of New Zealand are Chief Justice Sian Elias, Justice Susan Glazebrook, Justice Ellen France. The bench is completed by Justice William Young and Justice Mark O’Regan. Read more here 

  • Concerns over transparency of JAC diversity monitoring figures

    JUSTICE’s Andrea Coomber has expressed concerns over the Judicial Appointments Commission’s collection of statistics relating to judicial diversity. In an article in the Law Society’s Gazette Magazine, Coomber expressed long-standing concerns over the JAC’s diversity monitoring, in particular, the lack of information on the different stages of the selection process. The full article can be read here.

    JAC’s Judicial Selection and Recommendations for Appointment Official Statistics (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) can be accessed on the JDI’s Reports and Statistics page.

  • 21 New Deputy High Court Judges Appointed

    The Lord Chief Justice has appointed 21 New Deputy High Court Judges under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Acts 1981. Analysis of the list of appointees by Professor Rosemary Hunter highlights that there are 7 women and 2 BME appointees among the judges.


Our research repository lists publications from this jurisdiction and beyond. Our judicial lectures page highlights recent judicial speeches on the subject of judicial diversity. We also have a list of downloadable resources on the Reports and Statistics page. This information is meant to inform the debate around the issue of judicial diversity and aid further research.


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