Equality & Diversity

Mixed race and sex teamThe New Zealand Bar Association is committed to developing a referral bar that reflects the diversity of the legal profession and the wider community.   The Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy, launched by the New Zealand Bar Association and New Zealand Law Society on 5 December 2017, has as a key objective that by 1 December 2018, policy adopters will use reasonable endeavours to have women lawyers with relevant expertise take a lead on at least 30% of court proceedings, arbitral proceedings and major regulatory investigations.

The Policy is attached below together with information on the background to it's creation.

How to Adopt the Policy or Obtain Further Information

If your organisation, firm or chambers would like to adopt the policy or find out more information, please email equitable@lawsociety.org.nz

Gender Research Grant

The NZBA has received a grant from The Law Foundation to fund research into the gender ratio of lawyers appearing in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. This research is being conducted in 2017/18. The research will establish the gender ratios of both senior and junior lawyers appearing in both appellate Courts between 1 January 2012 and 1 January 2018. This data will provide useful insight into the extent to which male lawyers appear in these courts more frequently than female lawyers, and whether there is a different gender ratio for those appearing as senior counsel as opposed to junior counsel.

Gender Equity Sub-Committee

The NZBA has established a Gender Equity Sub-Committee. Click here for information on the Gender Equity Committee membership.

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