The cost of the research, which was competitively tendered, was £83,556 and the original estimate was £89,300. Both figures are inclusive of irrecoverable VAT.
The JAC has a statutory duty to have regard to the need to increase diversity in the range of persons available for selection for judicial appointment.
The main research aims were to:
Investigate perceived barriers which may be preventing applications
How removal of barriers would increase applications
How barriers affected different groups.
The figures in the table relate to applications to the Judicial Appointments Commission for vacancies for the High Court and below.
Percentage Number 2006-07 Male 59 348 Female 41 238 BME 9 50 2007-08 Male 65 1,644 Female 35 891 BME 13 328 2008-09 Male 69 2,434 Female 31 1,080 BME 12 430
The year 2006-07 is regarded as a transitional period as far as the published data are concerned because during that period the former Department for Constitutional Affairs completed a number of exercises that were launched before the JAC was created in April 2006.
The mechanisms used to inform and monitor the work of the Judicial Appointments Commission are set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and the Framework Document that determines the relationship between the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Appointments Commission. They include:
Approving the JAC’s strategic objectives and targets together with the policy and performance framework in which the JAC will operate;
Approving the amount of grant in aid that the JAC receives;
Laying the JAC’s Annual Report before Parliament and;
Considering and making decisions on JAC selections for judicial appointment.
A copy of the Framework Document can be found on the Commission’s website at:
I meet Baroness Prashar, Chairman of the Commission, and my senior officials from time to time to discuss the work of the Judicial Appointments Commission.