Fordham University Urban Law Journal City Square
In this City Square dialogue, Professor Judith Maute provided the initial spark in her important 2007 article on reforms to judicial selection in the United Kingdom. In her article, Professor Maute outlined the breathtaking and daring changes implemented in the U.K. that upended centuries of tradition to modernize and strengthen public confidence in the judiciary. Most significant among these changes were the creation of a Supreme Court and dramatically moving the process of becoming a judge away from a secretive appointment to a professional Judicial Appointments Commission. The reforms eschew direct affirmative action, but place an explicit value on diversity among judges. At the time, Professor Maute spoke admiringly of the reforms and suggested some of them might work well in the United States:
“To restore public confidence in the courts, people must believe that judges exercise legitimate authority, undistorted by personal or partisan preferences. . . . We could learn much from Britain’s modernized appointive system that aims to be open, transparent, accountable, and more diverse.”
Copyright © 2013, FLASH: The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History
Place of Publication
Lau, Terence J., "Drawing Lessons from the U.K. Constitutional Reform Act of 2005" (2013). Management and Marketing Faculty Publications. 72.