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Top woman judge's disappointment
The UK's most senior woman judge said today she was disappointed that more women had not reached the highest echelons of the judiciary.
But Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court - the highest court in the UK - said she would not favour the introduction of "positive discrimination" in an attempt to push women to the top.
Lady Hale, the only female Supreme Court justice, was speaking to journalists in a media conference which coincided with the start of the legal year.
In 2004 Lady Hale became the first female law lord before moving to the Supreme Court in 2009, after it was created as the nation's highest court of appeal.
"I'm disappointed that in the 10 years since I was appointed not one amongst the 13 subsequent appointments to this court has been a woman," she said.
"Things are improving in the lower ranks of the judiciary but regrettably not here."
She said she thought it important that the judiciary should reflect the diversity of society.
But she said she had not favoured a positive discrimination policy when she was made a law lord, and her view had not changed.
"I still say no," she said. "I think there is a great deal that can be done."
Lady Hale said she did not know whether the fact that decisions on appointments were made by men was a factor, and she added she liked her male Supreme Court colleagues "a lot".
Lady Hale, who was a High Court judge and Court of Appeal judge before being promoted, said she was against lawyers wearing wigs in court.
"I am not in favour of barristers or judges wearing wigs," she added. "My main objection is that they are men's wigs."
She added: "I think diversity of appearance is just as important as diversity of background and experience."