Report Faults Tennessee For Lack Of Diversity In Courts

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 14:47:54-04

A new report has faulted Tennessee's court system for not adequately representing the diversity of the state's population.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ranked Tennessee 45th out of 51 state court jurisdictions for gender and racial diversity. The report said the state's judiciaries were 60 percent less diverse on average than the state population.

According to the report, white males made up 36 percent of the state population but accounted for 74 percent of judges.

While women made up 51 percent of the population, only 20 percent of judges in Tennessee were female. And the report said minorities made up 26 percent of Tennessee's population, but just 9 percent of judges were people of color.