The Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) brings together organisations from across the legal sector to identify ways of improving judicial diversity.
JDF members work together in partnership to be both thought and action leaders in the area of judicial diversity. The Forum provides strategic direction in the areas of: challenging structural barriers to appointment, analysing and addressing the reasons behind differential progression, the gathering and use of data and evidence, resolving issues of common concern and the coordination of agreed activities aimed at encouraging greater judicial diversity. Forum members support each other’s initiatives and undertake joint projects.
The Forum meets twice-yearly and is supported by an Officials’ Group comprising senior representatives from each of the member organisations.
The members of the JDF are:
- Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission (Chair of the JDF)
- Lord Chancellor (Ministry of Justice)
- Lord Chief Justice (the Judiciary)
- Chair of The Bar Council
- President of The Law Society
- President of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Chair of the Legal Services Board
The format of the JDF was reviewed in 2019 to strengthen the aims and membership. At it’s first meeting under the new format in December 2019, new Terms of Reference were agreed for the Forum.
The JDF's Combined Statistical Report (September 2020) brings together data on the diversity of the judiciary, judicial appointments and from the relevant professional bodies (the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). It provides a picture not only of the diversity of today’s judiciary, but also of the process by which judges are recruited and the diversity of the pool from which much of that judiciary is drawn – the legal professions.
More information about the report and key findings can be found in the JDF narrative.
You can also read our summary of the activity of the Forum members - collectively and individually - to help increase judicial diversity.