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The Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2025 sets out the judiciary’s ambitions for achieving better diversity, inclusion and equality. It has four core objectives:

  • Creating an environment in which there is greater responsibility for and reporting on progress in achieving diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting and building a more inclusive and respectful culture and working environment within the judiciary
  • Supporting and developing career potential of existing judges
  • Supporting greater understanding of judicial roles and achieving greater diversity in the pool of applicants for judicial roles.

Since the strategy launched, progress has been made under each of these objectives. The Statement of Expected Behaviour published last year provides a shared understanding of what judicial office holders can expect from one another. Findings from both the Judicial Wellbeing Survey and the Judicial Attitude Survey along with expert research commissioned by the Judicial Executive Board has provided a greater understanding of the culture within the courts and tribunals. Inclusion training for judicial leaders has taken place and further practical guidance has been provided to support judicial leaders in translating the training into action.

External researchers have now been commissioned by the senior judiciary to gather your views on fostering an inclusive and respectful culture within the magistracy.

What will we do with the research?

This insight obtained from this research will inform the approach to delivering the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy within the magistracy.

How can I participate?

You will be able to get involved through completing a short survey about your views and experiences and participating in the engagement groups which have been organised over the next two months. Instructions on how to participate in the survey and how to register your interest in participating in an engagement group can be found on the Judicial Intranet. Input from the widest range of serving magistrates is vital to help develop an accurate understanding of the culture within the magistracy.

What will happen to the information I provide?

The information that you provide will be used to analyse the current culture within the magistracy. You can rest assured that all engagement sessions will be treated with absolute confidence and data gathered through the survey and engagement sessions will not be traceable back to attendees.