'Old boys' dominate law

THE JUDICIARY is not representative of the community over which it presides, with 87 per cent of judges holding Oxbridge degrees and a large number hailing from public school backgrounds, a new survey claims.

The study by Labour Research magazine says Britain's judges remain “elderly, white and overwhelmingly male”.

A survey of 641 judges at all levels showed just 4.6 per cent of them are female and only two are black. One in four judges is 65 or more, with the average age of House of Lords judges standing at 65.7.

The percentage with public school and Oxbridge educations is rising, and the magazine claims the judges' leisure activities still tend towards traditional “upper class pursuits”, like hunting and shooting.