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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 7, 2007: Judges: No Return To Practice As Barristers

The convention that former judges cannot return to practice as barristers or solicitors will remain. After consultation, Lord Chancellor and Justice minister Jack Straw considered the arguments for and against return to legal practice.

The consultation paper , 'Increasing the Diversity of the Judiciary' (published in 2004), had invited suggestions on how the judiciary in England and Wales might more accurately reflect contemporary society, while continuing to make judicial appointments based solely on merit. Mr Straw was not persuaded that lifting the conventional prohibition would increase diversity of the judiciary. He commented:

"The Government consulted widely, considering the arguments both for and against allowing former salaried judges to return to practice. I do not believe there is sufficient evidence that this would achieve a more diverse judiciary and that therefore the arguments against this change outweigh those for. This proposal will not therefore be implemented."

"Increasing the diversity of the judiciary is of great importance and I will continue working with Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips and the Judicial Appointments Commission on the jointly agreed Judicial Diversity Strategy published in May 2006 and the activity underway to support it."

The Judicial Diversity Strategy was jointly agreed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission and announced to Parliament in 2006. The strategy's four strands seek to:

  • Promote judicial service and widen the range of people eligible to apply for judicial office
  • Encourage a wider range of applicants (to ensure the widest possible choice of candidates for selection)
  • Promote diversity through fair and open processes for selection to judicial office solely on merit
  • Ensure that the culture and working environment for judicial office holders encourages and supports a diverse judiciary and increases understanding of the communities served