Dame Mary Arden becomes the third woman to be appointed to the UKSC

Former High Court Judge, former Chair of the Law Commission and current Lady Justice of Appeal, Dame Mary Arden, becomes the third woman to be appointed to the final appellate jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, Dame Mary is a jurist of stellar credentials and has extra-judicially written about different areas of … Read more…

*New Publication* ‘Judicial leadership on the UK Supreme Court’

Professors Rosemary Hunter and Erika Rackley have published an empirically informed article titled ‘Judicial leadership on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom’ in Legal Studies. A summary of the interesting findings of this research project can also be read on a post on the UK Constitutional Law Blog. Both Professors Hunter and Rackley are members of the executive committee … Read more…

A Fresh Look at JAC

Professors Graham Gee and Erika Rackley argue for a fresh look at the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) in a post published on the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog. They proffer ‘four priorities’ for the Commission, including a challenge to ‘do more to ensure that the judiciary is not merely paying lip service to diversity but actually pursues … Read more…

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. … Read more…