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Why diversity matters

       1.8.  As we set out in Increasing Judicial Diversity, the case for judicial diversity
            and  why  it  was  important  is  a  matter  of  legitimacy,  quality  and  fairness.
            However,  given  the  fragility  of  progress  made  since  2017  and  decreased
            urgency  with  which  the  issue  of  diversity  is  approached,  we  believe  it  is
            important to restate what is at stake should we fail to affect real change.

       1.9.  Achieving diversity is vital to ensure the legitimacy of the judiciary in the eyes
            of the public, and especially the trust of court users. The absence of judges
            from certain groups threatens to erode the public’s confidence in the judiciary.
            As Lady Hale explained:

              People should  be  able  to  feel  that  the  courts  of  their  country  are  ‘their’
              courts, there to serve the whole community, rather than the interests of a
              narrow and privileged elite. They should not feel that one small section of
              society is dictating to the rest. These days, we cannot take the respect of the
              public for granted; it must be and be seen to be earned.

       1.10.  Additionally, the Lammy Review into outcomes for BAME individuals in the
            criminal justice system cites the gulf between the backgrounds of defendants
            and judges as a fundamental source of mistrust in the system among BAME

       2  Lady Hale, Dame Heather Hallett, Lord Neuberger, Sir Terence Etherton and Lord Burnett, to name
       but a few: See, Lady Hale, Women in the Judiciary, The Fiona Woolf Lecture for the Women Lawyers’
       Division of the Law Society, June 2014, p.4, available at
       140627.pdf;  Dame  Heather  Hallett  DBE,  Independence  under  threat?,  Bentham  Association
       Presidential   Address,    March      2012,      available    online     at;  Lord Neuberger,  The Role of  the Supreme
       Court Seven Years On – Lessons Learnt; Sir Terence Etherton, Challenges facing the judiciary in the
       next  Parliament,  UCL  Conference  at  the  Institute  for  Government,  June  2015,  available  online  at
       judiciary-in-next-parliament.pdf;  Lord  Burnett,  A  changing  judiciary  in  a  modern  age,  Courts  and
       Tribunals    Judiciary,   February     2019,     available    online     at
       3  Lady Hale, Judges, Power and Accountability: Constitutional Implications of Judicial Selection speech
       at  Constitutional  Law  Summer  School  Belfast,  August  2017,  p.4,  available  online  at:
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