It could take a while for greater diversity to become apparent in the upper echelons of the judiciary, the Lord Chief Justice has indicated. Lord Burnett of Maldon told journalists yesterday that the diversity of the judiciary is a “complicated matter” that requires more than “consideration of headline statistics”.
In his opening address at his annual press conference yesterday, Lord Burnett of Maldon said the judiciary was continuing efforts to increase the diversity of applicants for judges.
He opened a. attentive Progress report was released earlier this month on the Five-Year Strategy for Judicial Diversity and Inclusion. “It shows how much is being done to bring the best in all fields to justice,” said Lord Burnett.
The report found that ‘work is in progress’ with the Judicial Appointments Commission to review and improve selection procedures criticized for the low information on the effectiveness of the selection process.
The Gazette urged the Lord Chief Justice for more information, highlighting the fact that the Proportion of black judges has stayed at 1% since 2014.
Lord Burnett replied, “When you look at what we’ve published it’s all there, and when you look at what the JAC has published it’s all there … illuminated by the work we’ve done over the past two or three years to have.
“When I became boss, the main focus was on gender balance in the judiciary. As for appointments, there is now a gender balance. It will take some time to penetrate the system because inevitably people are judges for a long time, or some are. ‘
Lord Burnett said he was continually frustrated with omnibus use of the term “BAME”.
“It was useful up to a point, but now we’re trying to break down the representation of different ethnic groups. the [1%] The number you mentioned is one of those things that got subordinated rather than everyone just talking about ‘BAME’. There has been really significant progress in recruiting lawyers of all kinds, lawyers of South Asian descent but not blacks. So more emphasis is placed on that. ‘
He added, “I would ask everyone to acknowledge that because the judiciary is a second career and most honorary judges become judges in their 40s, salaried judges in their late 40s and 50s, we collectively fish out of the higher ranks of attorneys.” and higher ranks of the bar. ‘
When district judges are hired at 50, “we look back on what happened in schools and universities 30 years ago, when things were different,” said Lord Burnett. “It’s a complicated business that requires more than just listing headline statistics. I can assure you that we have never done more. ‘