The appointment of two new Justices – Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath – to the UK Supreme Court has been announced. The appointment of two more men to the Supreme Court means that Baroness Hale continues to be the only woman on the court. Baroness Hale was appointed to what was then the House … Read more
The Ministry of Justice has announced a consultation on proposed amendments to the statutory and regulatory frameworks for judicial appointments, together with improving judicial diversity. Although the principle of appointment on merit will remain, the changes will enable clear career progression and flexible working arrangements to encourage applications from previously untapped talent pools.The consultation will … Read more
The Ministry of Justice has published a consultation ‘Appointments and Diversity: A Judiciary for the 21st Century’ on proposed amendments to the statutory and regulatory frameworks for judicial appointments, together with improving judicial diversity. The consultation seeks views on a wide range of issues including whether when considering two candidates of equal ability, there could … Read more
Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice was launched by The Right Honourable Lady Hale DBE, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, at a well-attended event held at Matrix Chambers, Gray’s Inn, on 11 November 2010. Members of the judiciary, practitioners, women’s advocates and academic colleagues joined participants in the Feminist Judgments Project … Read more
The House of Lords Constitutional Committee has published the written submissions received in relation to the Judicial Appointments inquiry. This includes evidence from the Equal Justices Initiative as well as from EJI executive committee members Kate Malleson, Lizzie Barmes, Erika Rackley and Les Moran (who contributed to the InterLaw Diversity Forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual … Read more
The House of Lords Constitutional Committee is currently inquiring into Judicial Appointments. The EJI submitted written evidence to the Committee. Read the EJI submission for Judicial Appointments Process Inquiry [PDF 50kb] Read more about the Judicial Appointments Process Inquiry on the UK parliament website.
After weeks of speculation the appointment of Lord Justice Wilson and Jonathan Sumption QC to the UK Supreme Court has finally been announced. Though both candidates are clearly very able and likely to become great judges, the Equal Justices Initiative is disappointed that the members of the selection commission didn’t take the opportunity to increase … Read more
Erika argues that targets should be set for increasing the representation of women judges and that gender, as with other factors such as ethnicity, background, religion and age, does make a difference. Listen to Dr Erika Rackley on BBC Radio 4.
Read Erika Rackley on the possible Supreme Court appointments – Guardian Online 29 March 2011
Kate Malleson on the Supreme Court nominations