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Hidden depths: diversity, difference, and the High Court of Australia

Cahill-O'Callaghan, Rachel ORCID: and Roberts, Heather 2021. Hidden depths: diversity, difference, and the High Court of Australia. International Journal of Law in Context 10.1017/S1744552321000471

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There is a growing international emphasis on the importance of diversity in the judiciary, and the impact of the individual in decision-making. However, it can be a challenge to gain insight into the individuals who sit on the bench. For instance, there is limited official information about the individuals who sit on the High Court of Australia. One of the rare glimpses provided by the Justices themselves is their judicial swearing-in speech. Drawing on a case study of the swearing-in speeches of High Court Justices sitting between 2008-2016, this paper illustrates how these speeches can illuminate key demographic information about the judiciary, as well as facets of the individual rarely explored in studies of judicial diversity: personality and values. This study demonstrates how swearing-in speeches can assist with filling information gaps about judicial diversity, and so extend debates about judicial selection

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1744-5523
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 June 2021
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 02:08

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