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Judicial Appointments Commission

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The 2007-08 annual report and accounts for the Judicial Appointments Commission will be laid before Parliament today.

I welcome the publication of the second 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. In particular, the report details how the commission has built on the foundations of it first year of operation by reviewing and improving their selection processes as well as striving to encourage a wider pool of applicants.

I look forward to working with the commission in the coming year as it seeks to build on these achievements.