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Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Attorney-General how many judges in England and Wales are (a) from ethnic minorities and (b) women; and what is the total number of judges in England and Wales.

No records are kept of the ethnic origin of members of the judiciary. As at 16 March 1988, there were 20 women judges, comprising one Lord Justice of Appeal, two High Court Judges and 17 circuit judges. The total number of Court of Appeal, High Court and circuit judges in England and Wales is at present 500.