Sr. UK judge: Women should be given priority for top law jobs

Women should be given priority for top law jobs, says one of Britain’s most senior judges | Mail Online.

 

Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger wants to use new legislation to favour female and minority candidates over white men if they are equally qualified for a role.

But the view is likely to be seen by critics as supporting illegal positive discrimination.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, we’re wigless, but more importantly, numbers of federal appointments of women are plummeting.  The Globe had a nice article, here and a  lovely infographic here,.

“If anything there is a larger pool of brilliant and exceptionally qualified women lawyers to draw upon since 2005,” Prof. Sheehy said. “If the current process of selection cannot deliver anything approaching a representative bench … then it is clear that something is broken.”

I’ve written about representation on the bench, (Reflections: On Judicial Diversity and Judicial Independence in this book) and I think it’s pretty clear that we have serious problems with judicial appointments which reflect the forms of discrimination which pervade our society.  The news that things are getting worse comes on top of the fact that things were not that great to begin with.

H/t IFLS member and Osgoode colleague Sara Slinn

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