Entering the Australian Judiciary: Gender and Court Hierarchy

35 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012

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Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law

Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

There is considerable attention to increasing judicial diversity along a range of dimensions, in particular, gender. Women remain underrepresented in many courts, especially at the higher levels of the judiciary. A comprehensive socio‚Äźlegal study of the Australian judiciary compares experiences and attitudes of women who have become judicial officers at different levels of the court hierarchy. Understanding their personal and professional backgrounds and the features that attracted them to the judiciary has important implications for addressing gender disparity. Effective recruitment and selection must focus on the expectations and experiences of women in relation to particular judicial contexts.

Suggested Citation

Mack, Kathy and Roach Anleu, Sharyn, Entering the Australian Judiciary: Gender and Court Hierarchy (July 2012). Law & Policy, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 313-347, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2012.00365.x

Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia
+08 8201 3627 (Phone)

Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Adelaide, S.A, 5001
Australia
+61 8 8201 2122 (Phone)
+61 8 8201 3521 (Fax)

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