Our judiciary should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, the Law Society of England and Wales said today, celebrating the announcement of Lady Brenda Hale as the first woman to be appointed president of the Supreme Court.
Law Society president Joe Egan commented: “I am delighted to congratulate Lady Hale on her appointment as president of the Supreme Court. Not only does she have an outstanding legal mind, she has also campaigned for greater judicial diversity tirelessly and with good humour for many years.”
Joe Egan continued: “We need judges who have demonstrated legal excellence throughout their careers, just as we also – crucially – need judges from diverse backgrounds to oversee some of the most important and significant cases that shape our laws.
“There are still far fewer women than men in the judiciary, but – thanks in large part to role models like Lady Hale – the number is growing steadily.
“With Lady Hale as their inspiration, I hope more women – and others from diverse backgrounds – will feel that the legal profession is one in which they can realise their ambitions.”
The Law Society also issued congratulations to all the new Supreme and Appeal Court judges, in particular the second woman to be appointed to the court, the Rt Hon Lady Justice Black DBE, and Mr Justice Singh – who will become the only serving Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic judge at the Court of Appeal.