Minorities take bigger share of the judiciary

A new report reveals an increase in the number of women and people from ethnic minorities appointed to the judiciary last year.

The findings are published in the Judicial Appointments Annual Report produced by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA).

The percentage of individuals from ethnic minority groups appointed rose to 14.4 per cent of total appointments from 8.9 per cent last year. Female appointments increased by 1 per cent to 32 per cent.

A higher percentage of women interviewed for judicial positions were appointed than men – 38.4 per cent compared with 32.8 per cent of males. More male applicants had interviews – 46.6 per cent compared with 45.5 per cent of women.

Although more applications came from solicitors than barristers, more barristers (including QCs) were ultimately appointed to the judiciary. Nearly 30 per cent of all appointments were barristers, compared with 25.6 per cent of solicitors.

The rest of the newly appointed judges were neither barristers nor solicitors. The figures include magistrates and tribunal appointments.
Just three weeks before the report was published, the DCA launched its consultation paper on increasing diversity in the judiciary.

Judicial appointments 2003-04
Applications Gender 2003-04 Barristers (inc QCs) Solicitors
White Male 1,753 561 641
Female 733 169 350
Ethnic td> Male 308 43 51
minority* Female 150 31 49
Unknown Male 48 5 17
Female 18 2 11
Total 3,010 811 1,119

Interviews Gender 2003-04 Barristers (inc QCs) Solicitors
White Male 836 310 641
Female 347 90 350
Ethnic Male 123 18 10
minority* Female 59 16 16
Unknown Male 24 3 5
Female 5 0 2
Total 1,394 437 440

Appointments Gender 2003-04 Barristers (inc QCs) Solicitors
White Male 257 108 50
Female 133 31 58
Ethnic Male 47 2 3
minority* Female 21 4 9
Unknown Male 18 3 2
Female 3 0 1
Total 480 148 123


 
*Ethnic minority figures include: mixed, Asian, black, Chinese and other
Source: Department of Constitutional Affairs