Diversity: Neuberger backs career judges and urges culture change at City firms

The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has thrown his weight behind career judges as a way of improving diversity in the judiciary.

Giving the 2014 Rainbow Lecture on diversity at the House of Commons, Lord Neuberger said a proposal was to bypass the legal profession and appoint young lawyers as judges “at an early age, with a view to their progressing up the judicial ladder”.

While he supported appointing judges from among practitioners to ensure a judiciary “which is not too cloistered”, a mixture of career and ex-practitioner judges would promote diversity and “on the basis of what I have heard, I would support such a proposal”, he said.

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