Diversity: JUSTICE responds to the latest Judicial Appointments Commission statistics

June 6, 2017

On 1 June, the Judicial Appointments Commission released its annual official statistics. These statistics provide some breakdown of the diversity of those who apply and are recommended for judicial appointment. Background JUSTICE’s new Working Party report, Increasing judicial diversity, was launched on 25 April 2017. Our Working Party offered practical recommendations for change to improve […]

Support TeamJUSTICE

May 30, 2017

The legal system is failing some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. Help us raise funds to make it fit for purpose. On Sunday 8 October 2017, runners from across the legal profession are taking on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, in aid of JUSTICE. The money they raise through running the 13.1 mile route […]

Diversity in the Supreme Court and the profession

Is the Supreme Court a guardian of the constitution or enemy of the people? This was the question under discussion at a panel event on Wednesday 24 May. The debate ranged from the court’s role post-Brexit to judicial appointments. Chair of JUSTICE’s Judicial Diversity Working Party and JUSTICE Council member Nathalie Lieven QC spoke on the panel. She […]

We are expanding our legal team

May 17, 2017

We have a new staff vacancy for a Lawyer focussed on strengthening the criminal justice stream of our work. This provides an exciting opportunity for a practising lawyer with a strong research background or an academic lawyer to engage in high-level policy and law reform work. In February 2016 JUSTICE launched Complex and Lengthy Criminal […]

JUSTICE publishes ‘pocket guide’ for Scottish lawmakers

May 10, 2017

As the makers of our laws, as our representatives, and in holding the Scottish Government to account, MSPs wear many hats. To support them in this, JUSTICE has published a new report, Law for Scottish lawmakers: A JUSTICE guide to the law. The report, an update of our 2015 Westminster focussed publication Law For lawmakers, […]

Increasing judicial diversity is vital to a fairer justice system – a JUSTICE working party gives its recommendations

April 25, 2017

Despite the diverse make-up of the United Kingdom, our senior judiciary is dominated by white and privately educated men. The new JUSTICE report, Increasing judicial diversity, explores the structural barriers faced by women, people from visible ethnic minorities and those from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds in reaching the bench. The report explains why diversity is a vital […]

JUSTICE is recruiting interns

Applications are now open for two sought after internship positions at JUSTICE. The summer intern will work closely with our policy staff: conducting legal research; providing commentary on draft legislation; assisting with third party interventions; and supporting working parties of our membership exploring critical issues of law reform. The internship will provide the opportunity to […]

Prisons and Courts Bill: JUSTICE briefing

April 6, 2017

JUSTICE has produced a briefing on the Prisons and Courts Bill for the Second Reading. It addresses our initial concerns over the written and online processes created by Part 2, and the changes proposed to the judiciary and the Judicial Appointments Commission in Parts 3 and 4: For Part 2, there are a number of principles […]

What can be done about judicial diversity?

April 3, 2017

Ideas for achieving better diversity in the senior judiciary of England and Wales were discussed at a panel event, organised by the London Solicitors Litigation Association and JUSTICE, on Monday 20 March. In the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court there are only two judges who are from non-white ethnic minority groups, and only around […]

JUSTICE response: Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

March 8, 2017

In March 2017, JUSTICE responded to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The manner in which defence advocates are remunerated for cases involving mentally vulnerable defendants comes within the work of our Working Party on Mental Health and Fair Trial. […]