Later this month the Judicial Diversity Committee will be launching a support programme for judges, barristers and solicitors who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to a High Court Judge selection exercise which it is hoped will launch in January 2017. Thirty (30) support places are expected to be available and, as this is a diversity initiative, these will be limited to candidates from areas where we know the judiciary is significantly less representative of society – women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and those from a less advantaged background.

Applications for the support programme are expected to be open from the end of August, (precise date to be confirmed) and successful candidates will be notified in mid September and invited to attend a weekend workshop in November (one day only). Applicants are advised to keep an eye on the JAC and other websites for notice of when the scheme is launched.