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Diversity in the Judiciary - are quotas the answer?

27/09/2019

David Lammy, who conducted a landmark government-commissioned review of racial diversity in the criminal justice system in 2017 and shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti, have this week given their views on tackling a lack of diversity within the judiciary at the Labour conference. 

Their observations represent a damning indictment of the current situation and the lack of progress being made.  But what is the answer?  Lammy suggests that targets are not enough and that quotas, presumably to be met at least in part by positive discrimination, are necessary. But many will not agree.

I considered some of these issues and the possible solutions in my article last month. 

https://www.howardkennedy.com/en/Latest/Article/Diversity-at-the-Bar

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'I found the judiciary in our country keen to hide behind "independence". It has not really grasped the significance of the trust deficit that exists in the ethnic minority population.'

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/labour-conference-quotas-needed-to-improve-judicial-diversity/5101561.article
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