EJI’s Kate Malleson and Rosemary Hunter respond to latest JAC diversity figures

Professors Kate Malleson and Rosemary Hunter have written to the Law Society Gazette about the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) announcement in December that in a recent judicial appointments round ‘women were recommended for more posts than men for the first time’. They argue that full picture of women’s progress in judicial appointments is much less … Read more

Lady Hale appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court

Lady Hale has been appointed Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court. She is the first woman to hold this position. Lady Hale was the first and so far only woman to be appointed to the UK Supreme Court (then the House of Lords). The EJI warmly congratulates Lady Hale on her appointment, and hopes … Read more

Dame Linda Dobbs retires from the High Court Bench

Dame Linda Dobbs, the first and so far only BME to be appointed to the senior judiciary, has retired from the High Court. She was appointed to the High Court in 2004 and was the Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity and was involved in many initiatives to raise awareness about the judiciary and to encourage … Read more

Three more men appointed to the UK Supreme Court

Three more men have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court. Lord Justice Hughes will succeed Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Toulson will succeed Lord Walker. Both will be sworn in April. Lord Hodge will succeed Lord Hope, one of the two Scottish Justices, who retires on 27 June 2013, taking up his role at … Read more

Lady Hale gives lecture on judicial diversity

In the same fortnight as it is reported that public pension cuts hit judges’ pensions and the three vacancies on the UK Supreme Court are filled by (yet more) white men, Lady Hale – the first, and so far only, female Supreme Court Justice – turned her attention to a number of ‘uncomfortable truths’ about … Read more

Improving Judicial Diversity: Could Do Better

Only Azerbaijan and Armenia, employ fewer female professional judges than in England and Wales according to a report on ‘European judicial systems’ published by the Council of Europe in September 2012. This is in marked contrast to what the report describes as a gradual ‘feminisation of the judiciary resulting in near gender equality’ across Europe. … Read more

Just published – two books on gender and judging

Books on judicial diversity are it seems, in at least one small respect, like London buses: you wait what seems a lifetime for one to turn up and then two are published at the same time. Sally Kenney’s Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter was published by Routledge in July 2012. … Read more