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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to increase diversity in the judiciary. (84582)

The Judicial Diversity Strategy was announced to Parliament on 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 57WS and sets out how the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Judicial Appointments Commission and the judiciary will work together to increase the diversity of the judiciary.

The strategy will: promote judicial service and widen the range of people eligible to apply for judicial office; encourage a wider range of applicants, to ensure the widest possible choice of candidates for selection; promote diversity through fair and open processes for selection to judicial office solely on merit; and, will ensure that the culture and working environment for judicial office holders encourages and supports a diverse judiciary and increases understanding of the communities served.