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How is the judiciary selected?

The diversity of judges
has been the subject of some debate in the press recently, with the arguments focusing on the rate at which women are being appointed to the judiciary.

27 October 2015

Yet it is easy for any debate
in the media to reduce the arguments down to eye-catching headlines. These headlines may not fully reflect either the views of those involved, or the work being
done to increase diversity by the independent body that I chair, the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), alongside
key partners that include the judiciary, the government,
and professional bodies.

A great deal has changed in the selection of judges since the JAC was established by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. We select judges on merit through an independent, fair, and transparent process. In assessing the merit of candidates, the JAC uses a set of competencies, such as 'exercising judgement' and 'working and interacting with others'. This ensures candidates must demonstrate a diverse range of skills to be a judge.

We also have a diverse range...

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