Select Committee on the Constitution
Judicial Appointments: follow-up

7th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 2 November 2017 - HL Paper 32


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The attractiveness of judicial careers


Table 1: Factors promoting early departures

Pay and pensions

Working conditions and resources

Returning to practice after a judicial career


Relationship with the Government

Chapter 3: Recruitment

Encouraging a wider range of candidates to apply


Government lawyers

Chartered legal executives


Increasing the success rate of applicants

Figure 1: Current legal role representation at each stage, for exercises completed between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 (legal posts)

Figure 2: The percentage of court judges whose profession is non-barrister, 1 April 2017

Why are the success rates low?

What is being done?

“Reserve lists”

Chapter 4: Diversity

Diversity in the judiciary


Figure 3: BAME representation among court and tribunal judges and non-legal members 2014 to 2017

Figure 4: BAME representation among court judges, 1 April 2017


Figure 5: Female representation among court and tribunal judges and non-legal members, 1 April 2014 to 1 April 2017

Figure 6: Female representation at each court judge role, 1 April 2017

Social mobility

Improving diversity

Judicial Diversity Forum and Judicial Diversity Committee

Statutory duty

Selection panels

Equal merit provision

Diversity training and outreach

Flexible working and deployment


Summary of Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

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