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Non-able-bodied Judges

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many non-able-bodied judges have been appointed in England and Wales since 1997. (97302)

The current judicial database indicates that since 1 January 1997, 2.4 per cent. of new appointees to the judiciary have declared they have a disability. This figure may not fully represent the number of disabled judges appointed since 1997 as it is for the individual to decide whether or not to make a declaration of disability.

When the first judicial database came into existence in 1999 all available data on Judicial Office Holders was inputted onto the system. However information on judges appointed in 1997 but who subsequently left office before the creation of the database was excluded.