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Figures show continuing gender gap in judiciary

7 January 2010

Three quarters of candidates appointed to judicial office in Scotland are male, according to official figures from the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

It also revealed that the applicants for some of the highest legal positions in the country are still overwhelmingly male.

Figures from the sixth annual report of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, which conducts recruitment for judges, sheriffs and other judicial positions, reveal that in the two years to 31 May 2009, 57 appointments were recommended to ministers, of which 43 were men and 14 women.

Male applicants also outnumbered women by more than three to one, as a total of 275 men and 79 women and 79 women applied for the Court of Session and sheriff court positions.

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