Judicial appointments commission

The new judicial appointments commission has a wider membership consisting of 15 members with powers to select applicants.

There is an interview stage for appointments at High Court level and below and this is by a panel consisting of judges, officers from the Department of Constitutional Affairs and lay persons. 

The Constitution Reform Act 2005 introduced a new Judicial Appointments Commission with a wider membership consisting of 15 members who have the power to select applicants for appointment. 

The former Judicial Appointment Commission had no say in the actual selection of candidates and its role was similar to monitoring the selection process and handling complaints from candidates whose applications had been turned down.

The new Commission was set up to maintain and strengthen judicial independence by taking responsibility for selecting candidates for Judicial Office out of the hands of the Lord Chancellor and making the appointment process clearer and more accountable.

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