The Bar is quite properly concerned about diversity amongst its ranks. However attention yesterday was paid to diversity amongst those who sit a little higher up than counsel in court.
The 10th set of Judicial Appointments Commission Statistics on this subjecty were published on 5 June 2014. They show change is slowly occurring as more women than ever have been appointed to judicial office in the eighteen selection exercises completed between October 2013 and March 2014, during which no less than 263 candidates were recommended for appointment to judicial office. In their press release however (see http://jac.judiciary.gov.uk/about-jac/2857.htm) concern continues as to the lack of success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates.
Interesting snapshot statistics are cited as follows: