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Ethnicity and the Senior Judiciary in England and Wales

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This chapter mainly relies on secondary published and unpublished appointments statistics held by the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), the Bar Council and the Law Society. In order to explore the issues that impact on certain ethnic minorities in successfully gaining senior judicial office, it is important to closely examine the impact of higher education and training. Based on the author's own research on the education of British South Asians it is apparent that social class, gender, and ethnicity do affect educational paths and outcome. Post-war social reforms have led to a system where education is increasingly available to all but many of the key distinctions continue to remain however much governments attempt to achieve equality of opportunity and outcome for all. Further research is needed in order to determine the precise nature of the relationship between ethnicity, education, and outcome in the legal profession.

Keywords: Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA); education; England; ethnicity; law society; senior judiciary



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