Appointment of High Court Judge: Ruth Henke KC

21 September 2023

The King is pleased to approve the appointment of a Justice of the High Court. This appointment will take effect from 29 September  2023.

The candidate approved as a High Court Judge is Ruth Henke KC, following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

This appointment will fill a vacancy in the High Court following elevations to the Court of Appeal and confirmed retirements.

You can read her bio here.

Read the full announcement here.

JAC Annual Report and accounts 2022-23

18 July 2023

The JAC’s annual report and accounts have been laid before Parliament and published today. The report contains a range of information about the work of the Commission from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

During the year, we completed 36 exercises with 7,366 applications and made 1,094 recommendations.

Read the Annual Report here

Latest statistics report gives further insight into diversity in the judiciary

13 July 2023

Latest statistics report gives further insight into diversity in the judiciary

Today, the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF), which is chaired by the JAC, has published the annual Diversity of the Judiciary combined statistics report.

The combined statistical report, first published in 2020, brings together in-depth data from the legal professions, judicial appointments and the current judiciary.

The statistics provide detailed data which offers clear evidence to help the JDF target and tailor support to underrepresented groups in the judiciary and tackle the challenges of increasing diversity at all levels.

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