Legal opinion: Flexible working and positive action for top judges


Employment lawyer looks at possible measures to improve judicial diversity.

While the percentage of women and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) judges within the judiciary has increased over the last decade, they remain noticeably absent from the ranks of the most senior judges in UK courts and tribunals. Progress to redress the imbalance has been slow, with the percentage of women within the courts-based judiciary having increased marginally to 22.3% and BAME groups to just 5.1%. With renewed commitment to implementing all of the recommendations set out in the Report of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now launched a consultation on a series of measures for reforming the rules and regulations currently used to appoint judges.

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