Judicial Office in embarrassing email gender gaffe

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It also spelt Teesside wrong


It’s red faces all round at the Judicial Office, after an embarrassing email slip-up resulted in a newly-appointed female senior coroner being referred to as a man.

In an email fired off earlier this week, the Judicial Office revealed that Clare Bailey has been appointed as senior coroner for the Teesside area.

Unfortunately the announcement stated that Bailey would be taking up “his” appointment immediately. A rather embarrassing error that Doughty Street Chambers barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher was quick to point out.

Describing the typo as “unfortunate”, Gallagher — who is a public law specialist — said that the email gaffe “suggests” that female appointments are “unexpected”, while male ones are considered the “norm”.

And the latest stats lend themselves to Gallagher’s point of view. According to judicial diversity stats released earlier this year, just 21% of Court of Appeal judges are female.

As an amusing aside, the email — which the Judicial Office will be keen to forget — also managed to spell Teesside incorrectly.




So glad you wrote an article on this. Top form.


Granny Connelly

Well done Tommy, so proud of ya! xoxoxoxo


Not Amused

When will Doughty Street address its shameful failure to recruit Tories?



What a stupid and irresponsible comment from Caoilfhionn Gallagher, it demonstrates the mentality of her to suggest that because someone has miss-typed something it must be an under hand attempt by the establishment to supress females every and deter them from applying for judicial office.



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What did Anon 12:09 say?



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One more time?



Jesus, Twitter does lead to so much pointless comment being spewed into the world. And because “Hey Judicial Office, you made a typo” is lame and would make the sender look like a pedant, there has to be some social commentary forced in.



As a non binary asexual of colour, I am gravely offended by the implication that coroners are of a pre set gender. Down with oppression! Down with the chauvinist penisocracy!



Feminists be triggered.


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