The best candidates to become fee-paid employment judges included a large proportion of women, as shown by the latest set of official statistics published by the JAC today.
This was the only individual selection exercise requiring legal qualifications in the JAC's fourth six-monthly set of official statistics, covering exercises completed between October 2010 and March 2011.
While we encouraged applications from a wide range of candidates, all of the selections were made solely on merit, through fair and open competition.
The JAC has amended the definition of merit to include an explicit reference to understanding diversity, in line with a recommendation from the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity chaired by Baroness Neuberger. Merit is defined by a number of qualities and abilities, and following a consultation exercise with the Ministry of Justice, judiciary, legal profession and associations representing minority groups, the 'ability to understand and deal fairly' quality now has the following abilities:
• An awareness and understanding of diversity of the communities which the courts and tribunals serve.
• Commitment to justice, independence, public service and fair treatment.
• Willingness to listen with patience and courtesy.
This will apply by September.
The full news release is available on this page.
The statistics are available here.