Applicants to the bench who are female and from under-represented ethnic groups could be chosen ahead of white men of equal merit under a scheme given a final go-ahead by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

The 'equal merit provision' will mean that, in exercises to recruit judges from 1 July, where two or more candidates are of equal merit, a candidate from an under-represented group may be selected on the basis of race or gender.



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