More Women Judges


Women outperformed men in judicial appointments, according to the statistics released in June by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).  In the District Judge competitions, 19%  of those eligible to apply were women but 43% of those appointed to the civil courts were women and 47% of those appointed to the criminal courts during the period from October 2011 and March 2012.

This adds a further 24 women judges. As of April last year, 113 of the 440 District Judges (Civil) were women.  30% of those recommended for appointment as designated immigration judges were women although they made up 20% of those eligible to apply.  Women were successful in more than half of salaried and fee-paid social entitlement judge selections, and fee-paid immigration and asylum judge selections.  The results were published in June, in JAC’s six-monthly statistics, which recorded 13 large selection exercises. Four  involved full-time salaried roles.

Although women were selected above or in line with their levels in the eligible pool for Circuit Judge appointments overall (20% of those eligible but 37% of those in the final selections) they did less well in the Circuit Judge (heavyweight crime) competitions: they made up only 14% of the applications and 8% of those in the final selections.

According to the JAC annual report, BAME candidates did particularly well in the one part-time, fee-paid selection exercise, which is consistent with their recent history of doing well in entry level competitions. However they were less successful in salaried roles, which required substantial immigration and asylum or previous judicial experience.