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Judicial Appointments

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 5 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will consult the Judicial Appointments Commission as to whether there are minimum non-statutory entry requirements which reduce the diversity of those available for selection for judicial appointments; and[HL3818]

Whether they will amend the requirement for candidates for most salaried judicial posts to have had fee-paid experience to make it desirable but not essential, as recommended by the Judicial Appointments Commission, in order to promote diversity.[HL3819]

All measures that could help to improve the diversity of the judiciary are being considered, including the development of a comprehensive and collaborative new approach to the use of non-statutory eligibility criteria in the judicial appointments process. The Ministry of Justice continues to work very closely with the JAC and the judiciary to look at what more can be achieved.