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Judiciary: Public Appointments

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Bar Council on increasing the number of judicial appointments from people with state educational backgrounds. (149482)

None yet, but Ministers and I hope to meet the Bar Council in due course. The Judicial Appointments Commission, a non-departmental public body, has, since its launch in April 2006, responsibility for the selection of judges for appointment to courts and tribunals. One of its statutory duties is to encourage diversity in the range of persons available for selection for appointment. In line with this obligation, the commission has had discussions with the Bar Council about how best to attract greater numbers of eligible candidates from under represented groups generally.

Promoting judicial service, widening the range of people eligible for judicial office and encouraging a broader range of applicants all form part of the judicial diversity strategy, for which the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Appointments Commission and judiciary are jointly responsible.