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Lord chief justice addresses judicial diversity

21 February 2019

The lord chief justice, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon, highlighted the importance of judicial diversity at the Treasurer's Lecture 2019, hosted by Middle Temple on 18 February.

Lord Burnett stressed the importance of diversity in increasing competition and ensuring that appointments to the judiciary are of the highest quality.

He said that diversity must be promoted throughout the profession to ensure the best reach the top and therefore have the opportunity to seek judicial appointment.

Diversity is central to the Solicitor Judges Division (SJD); we encourage the appointment of candidates from all backgrounds through our policy work with the Judicial Appointments Commission on the Pre-Application Judicial Education programme and the Judicial Diversity Forum.

We also analyse data from recruitment rounds and write policy on why judicial diversity matters and how the solicitor's profession can assist in achieving a more diverse Bench.

To promote this work, the Division organises thought leadership events, commissions digital content, updates members on latest developments and appointment opportunities through our bi-monthly newsletter, and runs networking events.

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