Box A: How The UK ap­points its judges

Governance Now - - JUDICIARY -

With the pas­sage of the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­form Act of 2005, an in­de­pen­dent body for the ap­point­ment of judges and tri­bunal mem­bers was cre­ated to en­sure that those hold­ing ju­di­cial of­fice are se­lected solely on the ba­sis of merit, through a fair and open com­pe­ti­tion. The mem­bers of the Ju­di­cial Ap­point­ments Com­mis­sion, other than the three mem­bers from the ju­di­ciary, are them­selves se­lected through open com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter putting short-listed can­di­dates through role plays and in­ter­views, the com­mis­sion rec­om­mends one can­di­date for each va­cancy, which the min­is­ter can ac­cept or re­ject, or seek com­mis­sion re­con­sid­er­a­tion. No longer is the ju­di­cial ap­point­ments process for Eng­land and Wales…. re­liant on a sys­tem of tal­ent scouts and “se­cret sound­ings” for ap­point­ments “by in­vi­ta­tion” or a “tap on the shoul­der.” In­stead, the sys­tem re­lies on pub­licly ad­ver­tised no­tices of va­can­cies, open job com­pe­ti­tions, writ­ten tests, se­lec­tion pan­els in­volv­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic, ar­tic­u­lated stan­dards and com­pe­ten­cies, and train­ing schemes to en­hance the pool of qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants (such as judge shad­ow­ing pro­grammes and the use of part-time ap­point­ments to gain ex­pe­ri­ence). –Ex­cerpted from Joanna Har­ring­ton’s ar­ti­cle in The Globe and Mail

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