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A diversity of opinions, more than of cultures, is what we need in the judiciary

The justices in their full ceremonial garb
The justices of the Supreme Court in January 2017 Credit: AP

On the BBC Today programme on Thursday, two judges of the Supreme Court were interviewed. Both were launching the application process for new members of the court. The warm-up act was Lord Reed. He wanted more “diversity” which, he said, “we’re rather lacking”.

The main event was the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger. He retires later this year, so applications for his post are also now open. Lord Neuberger began by saying that judges had been “not well treated” by the media in the great Article 50 case about the means by which Britain may leave the European Union. He also criticised government ministers for slowness in defending judges over the case.

Lord Neuberger said he too wanted more “diversity” in judicial appointments. By “diversity”, he seemed to mean more women and ethnic minorities. When the interviewer, Justin Webb, asked whether he wanted more “diversity of opinion”,...

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