'We are one judiciary; no-one should feel that they are perceived as "less than" because of their differences, personal or professional background, judicial office or jurisdiction,' the statement continues. It tells judges to:
- treat others fairly and respectfully;
- be mindful of the authority we have and be careful not to abuse it;
- be aware of how our words and behaviour can affect others;
- remain patient and tolerant when encountering difficult situations;
- act professionally and courteously, including under pressure, and avoid shouting or snapping;
- aim to ensure that no one in a hearing room is exposed to any display of bias or prejudice;
- build effective working relationships with and support judicial colleagues and staff;
- welcome and support new colleagues; and
- be open to feedback if we have done something that may have caused discomfort or offence.
'Upholding the contents of this statement will help us to foster and experience an inclusive and safe working environment, feel valued and be more confident to challenge unacceptable behaviour,' the judiciary said.
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