The Law Council of Australia Policy 2001 on the Process of Judicial Appointments: Any Good News for Future Female Judicial Appointees?
AbstractThis article examines whether the Law Council of Australia's Policy 2001 on the Process of Judicial Appointments sets out a model for judicial appointment, which will be beneficial to future female (and 'others' of non-dominant background) judicial appointees. Even today numbers of female judges are comparatively small. When female judicial appointments have been made in recent years, their 'merit' as appointees has been scrutinised in a way in which male colleagues have not been similarly subjected. This article examines the strengths and shortcomings of the LCA Policy as a model for judicial appointment protocols (to be developed by State and federal Attorneys-General) from the perspective of whether a Protocol based on the Policy is likely to produce a more representative and inclusive judiciary with a 21st century understanding of equality before the law.
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