Equal Justices Initiative
The aim of the Equal Justices Initiative (EJI) is to promote the equal participation of men and women in the judiciary in England and Wales by 2015.
The EJI serves as a forum for bringing together academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers to work towards gender parity on the bench. Read about the EJI aims and background.
EJI’s Kate Malleson and Rosemary Hunter respond to latest JAC diversity figures
Professors Kate Malleson and Rosemary Hunter have written to the Law Society Gazette about the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) announcement in December that in a recent judicial appointments round ‘women were recommended for more posts than men for the first time’. They argue that full picture of women’s progress in judicial appointments is much less positive.
Supreme Court still only has one female member
The new UK Supreme Court opened in October 2009. Only one member of the Court is a woman. Lady Brenda Hale was appointed to the predecessor of the Supreme Court, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords in 2003, the first and only female Law Lord. Since her appointment there have been a further fifteen appointments to the House of Lords or Supreme Court. None of which has been a woman.
Linda Dobbs retires from High Court Bench
Following the retirement of Linda Dobbs from the High Court Bench in April 2013, there are now no BME women judges in the senior judiciary.