Concerns about white, middle class men dominating the bench were justified, he told the Justice Select Committee. Mr Straw said he was determined to ensure that the judiciary represented wider society better. “The expectation that a new system would lead to a more diverse judiciary has so far not been fulfilled,” he said in evidence to the committee.
This comes after the not surprising news that there are now fewer female judges and few from minority ethnic populations than under the previous selection process. Women now constitute just 34% of judges and minority ethnic women judges are rarer than stardust.