Lord Reed additionally discusses ‘appalling’ remedy of junior barrister mistaken for defendant, in new wide-ranging interview

Lord Reed

The president of the Supreme Courtroom has spoken out in regards to the lack of variety on the UK’s prime bench, warning the difficulty dangers changing into “shameful if it persists”.

Lord Reed, who succeeded Lady Hale as president of the Supreme Court in January, mentioned he hoped to see a justice of black, asian or minority ethnic background, earlier than he takes necessary retirement in six years time.

The Supreme Courtroom is at present made up of ten males and two girls, all of whom are white.

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC, Reed additionally commented on the remedy of Alexandra Wilson, a mixed-race junior barrister who was repeatedly mistaken for a defendant in courtroom final month.

“I assumed that was appalling,” Reed mentioned. “Alexandra Wilson is a really gifted younger lawyer, an Oxford graduate who has received umpteen scholarships, and for her to be handled like that was extraordinarily disappointing to say the least.”

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Wilson, a prison and household legislation barrister at 5 St Andrew’s Hill, obtained an apology from HM Courts & Tribunals Service for the “completely unacceptable behaviour”.

The Supreme Courtroom president additionally took intention at a brief clip, posted by the Home Office in August, which accused “activist legal professionals” of irritating the return of migrants to their residence nations. The tweet has since been taken down.

Lord Reed mentioned:

“I believe that was unlucky and I perceive that the federal government has acknowledged that. There isn’t a query of individuals being activist just because they’re doing their job. It’s necessary that persons are cautious within the language that they use.”

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