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Ken Clarke announces new diversity rules for judges

Ken Clarke announces new diversity rules for judges

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced a new set of laws today that will remove obstacles which can limit diversity in the judiciary.  It is planned that the new laws will encourage more women and people from minority backgrounds to become judges.

The new rules will allow for greater flexibility in working hours extending part-time working patterns for judges and enabling “positive action” for appointments, meaning that if two people with the same qualifications and abilities apply for the role the selection will be made on improving diversity.  Appointments of judges will still be made on merit, but it is hoped that the new procedures will create a judiciary which is more reflective of society.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke stated “We will continue to recruit the very best judges but at the same time we will do what we can to encourage top applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, so that the judiciary better reflects society”. 

The proposals have been brought forward after a 12 week public consultation launched in last November, they will be included in the Crime and Courts bill.

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