More ethnic minorities joining judicial office

Diversity
among judges, magistrates and tribunal members in England and Wales has grown
at its sharpest rate ever, the latest official figures show.

The
appointment of individuals from minority ethnic groups to judicial office,
including lay appointments, has increased from 7.8 to 8.9 in the last 12
months.

This
is more than double the figure in 1999/2000, when ethnic minority appointments
accounted for just 4.2 per cent.

The
fifth Judicial Appointments Annual Report for 2002/03 also shows that a total
of 697 appointments were made from 3,449 applications across 38 selection
exercises.

www.lcd.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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