Judges and non-legal members of the judiciary
1. Main facts and figures
- on 1 April 2019, 92.6% of court judges were White and 7.4% were from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups (out of those whose ethnicity was known)
- 88.9% of tribunal judges were White, and 11.1% were from the Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups
- Asian people made up 3.6% of court judges and 5.6% of tribunal judges, the second highest percentage after the White ethnic group
- 17.4% of non-legal tribunal members were from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups
- among Asian members of the judiciary, 18.6% of were court judges while 63.6% were non-legal tribunal members (who tend to have a specific area of expertise)
- among those with Mixed ethnicity, 40.5% were court judges, while 30.6% were non-legal tribunal members
The ethnic categories used in this data
Judges and non-legal members of the judiciary are asked to give their ethnicity from a list of 18 ethnic groups.
The number of people was too small to draw firm conclusions about individual ethnic groups, so the data is aggregated into 5 ethnic groups (Asian, Black, Mixed, White and Other).
2. By ethnicity
|Court Judges||Tribunal Judges||Tribunal non-legal members|
|Ethnicity||Court Judges Number||Court Judges %||Tribunal Judges Number||Tribunal Judges %||Tribunal non-legal members Number||Tribunal non-legal members %|
Summary of Judges and non-legal members of the judiciary By ethnicity Summary
3. Ethnic groups by role
|All||Court Judges||Tribunal Judges||Tribunal non-legal members|
|Ethnicity||All Number||All %||Court Judges Number||Court Judges %||Tribunal Judges Number||Tribunal Judges %||Tribunal non-legal members Number||Tribunal non-legal members %|
Summary of Judges and non-legal members of the judiciary Ethnic groups by role Summary
The data breaks down the number of court judges in England and Wales by ethnicity. It does the same for judges and non-legal members of the judiciary in tribunals in England and Wales.
If people have more than one role, only their main role is included in the data.
The data includes tribunals that are both:
- administered by HM Courts & Tribunals Service
- within the responsibilities of the Senior President of Tribunals
This accounts for most tribunals in England and Wales, and a small number of employment tribunals in Scotland.
Data comes from the staff administrative system and is only accurate on the date the extracts were taken.
Judges and non-legal members of the judiciary are asked for their ethnicity when they accept an appointment. There is currently no way for them to update to add their ethnicity later.
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal point.
Further technical information
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
This data is used by ministers and officials in central government, the Judicial Appointments Commission and Judicial Office to develop policy on judicial diversity.
It is also used by judges, lawyers and academics, and professional bodies such as The Bar Council, The Law Society, and The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, year, ethnicity, judicial type, judicial role, count, percentage