HC Deb 27 July 1999 vol 336 cc218-9W
38. Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what advice and guidance he is issuing to judges concerning comments made by them from the bench which may be perceived as being sexist, racist or otherwise disparaging and discourteous. [91636]

Mr. Vaz

The Judicial Studies Board, which is an independent body controlled by a Board whose members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor, is responsible for providing high-quality training to full and part-time judges. All JSB courses and seminars include modules on equal treatment issues. The JSB's Equal Treatment Advisory Committee is chaired by Mr. Justice Keene and will be publishing the second edition of its guidance to full and part-time judges on ethnic minority issues in the autumn. Further material relating to disability, gender and sexual orientation, litigants in person and children will be issued in the following months.