The Ministry of Justice has publishes a statistical digest of judicial appointments of women and BME candidates from 1998/99 to 2008/09.
The figures reveal some increase in the proportion of women applying and appointed to the lower ranks of the judiciary but very little change at the higher levels. The Ministry also stresses that the figures must be treated with caution as they are generally too small to be statistically significant. It also notes that it is not possible to tell whether the changes are related to the creation of the JAC or simply a continuation of previous trends.
Despite the relatively limited nature of the findings, it is positive that the Ministry has put together this data which is a useful contribution in the process of gathering reliable information on diversity in judicial appointments.’
See the statistics on judicialappointments.gov.uk