There has been much discussion, not least at the Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, about judicial appointments and how to ensure a diverse judiciary. One of the less practical suggestions made to widen the pool from which judges may be selected is to institute part-time judging. This, said the Lord Chancellor, would enable more women to consider becoming judges and balance their judicial work with family life. This idea is far off the mark. By the time a woman is old enough to consider applying to become a judge, it is very likely that the most demanding years of childcare will be behind her. It is the younger women who need help to be able to continue with their careers as solicitors or barristers. We will never achieve the admirable aim of an equal gender representation in the most demanding professions, such as law and medicine, until childcare is made affordable, available and eligible for tax relief. This observation will bring out the commentators who are stay-at-home mothers with partners able to support them, and who are anxious to defend their lifestyle. But there are professions which need to serve the public at all hours, and there are women who strove for higher education and want to use it, and we have to make it possible for them to do so. There are no short cuts to diversity in some occupations.