Should the judiciary reflect the composition of a nation’s society?

The Mail & Guardian Online has an article titled “Gender and the Bar” which states that out of South Africa’s 203 high court judges, 33 are women.

“Although there are no specific targets prescribed for the number of women (and black people), the profile of the judiciary should reflect the composition of South African society.”

I like the idea that the judiciary should refect the composition of a nation’s society. I don’t think this has been achieved in ANY country in the world yet. I wonder, should accommodations be made to have more women judges or should we continue to encourage women to become judges and wait for the numbers to shift?

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