The head of law reform and human rights organisation Justice has heavily criticised the lack of diversity in the top echelon of the judiciary. ?We are shamed? by the lack of women and ethnic minority judges in the Supreme Court, compared with the US and Canada, Roger Smith told a House of Lords constitution committee hearing on judicial appointments yesterday. There is only one woman among the 10 UK Supreme Court justices, compared with four out of nine in Canada and four of 12 in the US, he pointed out. read more

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