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image2018 Legal Wales Conference
In Aberystwyth
Friday, 12th October

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Diversity and Community Relations Judges (DCRJ): who we are and what we do

DCRJs are serving judicial office holders, appointed from across the courts and tribunal system.
DCRJs work in a voluntary capacity to engage with the communities we serve; providing information about the judiciary, the work we do and how we are appointed. We also have a remit to encourage legal professionals and law students to consider a career in the judiciary, with a particular focus on individuals from under-represented groups. Finally, we are available to assist judicial colleagues and/or act as role models on diversity/community relations issues.
In the outward looking element of our role, we aim to increase public confidence in the legal system by enhancing understanding and knowledge about what we do and who we are; the aim is to dispel myths about the judiciary.
The way in which each DCRJ fulfils their role is individual, however examples of community engagement include:

By sharing your story; your background and how you were appointed, you can raise awareness that there are multiple pathways to a judicial career.

Details of DCRJs based in Wales can be found at the following link:

If you are interested in hosting a meeting or event and wish to enquire about the attendance of a DCRJ, please contact Jacqueline McLean of the Judicial Office on:

EJ Sian Davies
Cardiff Employment Tribunal
1 December 2016

Children’s Legal Centre (‘the CLC’) Initial Request for Support Letter - click here

The Board of Legal Wales responds to the Ministry of Justice consultation on Further Reforms to arrangements for Judicial Review.

The Board has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s proposal that statutory challenges and applications for judicial review in the field of Town and Country Planning should be transferred from the Administrative Court to an Upper Tribunal Chamber which would specialise in Planning and Land cases. The Board has emphasised:

To read the Board’s full response, click here

Legal Wales congratulates Sir John Thomas on being appointed Lord Chief Justice

syr john thomasThe Chair of the Board of Legal Wales, Judge Milwyn Jarman QC, has written to Sir John Thomas to congratulate him on his appointment as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Sir John, who was brought up in Cwmgiedd in the Swansea Valley, was a Presiding Judge of Wales between 1998 and 2001 and was one of those who instigated the founding of the Legal Wales Conference. He has attended the Conference regularly over the years and the 2013 Conference will be an opportunity for him to explain to delegates his vision of the role of the judiciary in modern Wales.

Legal Wales response to the Ministry of Justice proposals to reform criminal legal aid

The Board of the Legal Wales Foundation has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation document “Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system” expressing concern at the proposal to remove the element of choice between legal aid solicitors and to reduce the number of criminal legal aid providers in Wales by 80%.

In the view of the Board these changes would:

To read the Board’s full response, click here