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Judicial Appointments Commission

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

The 2006-07 annual report and accounts for the Judicial Appointments Commission will be laid before Parliament today.

I welcome the publication of the first annual report of the Judicial Appointments Commission. The commission plays a vital role in the selection of judges and in making recommendations about judicial appointments to me as Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor.

I am glad that the report reflects the hard work and dedication of the commissioners and staff under the leadership of the Chairman, Baroness Prashar CBE. In particular, the report details the many challenges that the Commission faced and met during its first year of operation including the significant task of managing a challenging selection exercise programme.

I look forward to working with the commission and I know that they will relish the challenge of building on the significant achievements of their first year.