Published 17th of June 2021 by Nina

UK Supreme Court Building Bridges to Address Diversity and Inclusion

The UK’s Supreme Court announced this week that it will start taking applications for a new programme which will offer paid internships for aspiring #lawyers from underrepresented communities at the Bar. The programme, the first of its kind for the UK Supreme Court, has been designed in collaboration with Bridging The Bar, a charity committed to creating #diversity and equal opportunity within the #legal profession.
Currently all the UK Supreme Court justices, 12 in all, are white, and only two of them are women. And according to Ministry of Justice UK figures, at 1 April -- across the judiciary in England and Wales – the proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) court judges was 8%, with 4% in senior posts (high court and above). For women, the respective figures were 32% and 26%.  The UK population itself is 14% BAME and 51% female.
In 2016, the UKSupremeCourt launched a four-year strategy, setting out the “actions we would take to embed the principles of #equality and diversity in all we do.” 
Along with concerted, important grassroots efforts like that with Bridging the Bar – which itself should be heartily applauded – this requires a will to drive #systemschange across the legal profession, with a just representation of our diverse population.
One should expect no less from the Bar and all the courts of our land, not least the UK Supreme Court.
Here’s to that #leadership. Here's to that progress.


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