House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the (1) socio-economic, (2) ethnic, and (3) age, profiles of (a) lay magistrates, and (b) district and deputy district judges, appointed in 2014.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

This Government takes the issue of judicial diversity very seriously and has taken steps to improve representation, while still appointing the best people for the job.

We have introduced the equal merit provision, extended salaried part time working to make it easier to balance home and work life and introduced a statutory duty for the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to encourage judicial diversity.

The ethnic and age profiles of District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) and Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) appointed in 2014 are as follows:

Four District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) were appointed, one of whom declared themselves to be Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic; three were in the 50-59 age range and one was in the 40-49 age range.No Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Court) were appointed.

No information is recorded about the socio-economic backgrounds of salaried and fee paid judicial office-holders.

The tables below show the 244 magistrates appointed in England and Wales in 2014 broken down by socio-economic, ethnicity and age category.

Table 1: Socio-economic category

Socio-economic category has been interpreted to mean occupational group.

Occupation Total
Manager or senior official 25
Professional occupation 70
Associate professional or technical occupation 30
Administrative or secretarial occupation 17
Skilled trades occupation 3
Personal service occupation 0
Sales or customer service occupation 1
Process, plant or machine operative 0
Elementary occupation 1
Never been in paid employment 0
Not in paid employment 13
Retired 7
Self-employed 7
Unknown 70
Total 244

Table 2: Ethnicity

Ethnicity Number
White 210
Mixed 6
Black 7
Asian 17
Chinese 1
Any Other 3
Total 244

Table 3: Age

Age Number
Under 30 18
30-39 41
40-49 72
50-59 79
60 & over 34
Total 244

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