Women Judges

A recent report showed that the judiciary is overwhelmingly male, with only 23% being female.

The report, conducted by the Council of Europe, showed that only Azerbaijan and Armenia employ fewer female professional judges than in England and Wales.


Is this a result of the judging role in England being ill-suited to part-time and flexible working arrangements? Or is it more attributable to the ranks of lawyers from which judges are selected? These are also male-dominated, but not to quite the same extent as the judiciary.

Or is it the selection process – there are six women currently sitting as Commissioners for the Judicial Appointments Commission (out of a total of 15), but the recent consultation on diversity highlighted some of the difficulties the JAC faces in terms of diversity.


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