Lack of judicial diversity highlighted in new report

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November 7, 2014 0 comments

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A lack of racial and gender diversity in the senior judiciary is undermining justice, a new report claims. Judicial Diversity: Accelerating Change declares that: “The near absence of women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic judges in the senior judiciary, is no longer tolerable.” The predominance of white males in the judiciary “undermines the democratic…

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Former High Court judge “mystified” by formal warning

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May 20, 2014 3 comments

Former Family Division judge Sir Paul Coleridge says he was “depressed” and “mystified” by a warning from the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office (JCIO). Sir Paul, founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation, retired from the judiciary in April. He had announced plans to step down the previous year, shortly before receiving the formal warning. The JCIO…

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New family judge appointed to the High Court

July 2, 2013 1 comment

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Manchester barrister Anthony Paul Hayden QC has been appointed to the High Court. Mr Hayden, who is currently Head of Chambers at St Johns Buildings, will become a Justice of the High Court on July 31. He will be assigned to the Family Division by the Lord Chief Justice. The appointment follows the elevation of…

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The Experts: Will the truth ever out post-Imerman?

September 30, 2011 7 comments

This is a slightly expanded version of my latest post for The Times, which appears on The Experts blog today. It has now been more than a year since the landmark Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Imerman v Tchenguiz. The decision, condemned by family lawyers at the time, has meant that litigants…

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