The Big Boys’ Club: Why We Need a More Diverse Judiciary

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The Big Boys’ Club:
Why We Need a More Diverse Judiciary

by Anosha Khan

Judicial diversity has been a major concern of the legal world for the past few decades. Although general improvements have been made over the years, the issue of diversity remains unresolved. Traditionally, the bench was known for its similarity, with individuals from specific demographic groups being favoured over others. This resulted in an air of homogeneity which failed to represent the needs of society. Although the recent implementation of legislation in this area has encouraged a shift, it is evident that the lack of representation still exists today. By using the deficit model and trickle up theory, this article illustrates the problems in this field and the steps that need to be taken in the future.