Over 100 years before the judiciary reflects the Black population in our society

British High Court judges walk through Westminster in London to an annual ceremony at the start of the legal year

Black judges make up just 1.09% of the judiciary in England and Wales, compared to 1.02% in 2014.

At that rate of progress, it would take until 2149 for the proportion of the judiciary who are black to match the current estimate for the general population (3.5%).

Faster progress for women and Asian representation

For comparison, Asian judges currently make up 4.79% of the judiciary, up from 2.53% eight years ago.

If this rate of increase were to continue, the percentage of judges who are Asian would match estimates for the general population (8%) by 2033.

Women currently make up around a third of judges.

At current trends, it will be another decade before half of the judiciary are women.

Tackling diversity in the judiciary

Responding, Law Society president Lubna Shuja said: “We need a judiciary that truly reflects our diverse society.

“It is simply unacceptable that it could take over a century for black people to be truly represented on the bench.

“We must address the structural barriers that are holding talented candidates back.”

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