LORDS

Judicial appointments in the dock: Judges to give evidence

20 July 2011

In evidence for its inquiry into the judicial appointments process, the Lords Constitution Committee will hear from serving members of the judiciary on Wednesday 13 July and Wednesday 20 July.

The Committee will ask for the judges’ assessment of the current appointments system and how it can be improved. 

They will also cover issues including:

  • whether parliamentarians and Parliament should play a role in the appointments process, and whether the judiciary’s current role is appropriate;
  • the devolved administrations’ involvement in appointments to the Supreme Court;
  • what constitutional reasons there are for preferring a diverse judiciary;
  • the judges’ views on a “career judiciary”.

Witnesses

At 10.15am, on Wednesday 13 July, in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

  • Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Lord Justice Etherton, Judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Her Honour Judge Plumstead, Secretary to the Council of HM Circuit Judges
  • District Judge Tim Jenkins, Secretary to the Association of HM District Judges

At 10.15am, on Wednesday 20 July, in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

  • Lord Justice Goldring, Senior Presiding Judge
  • Mrs Justice Macur, High Court (Family Division) and Presiding Judge for the Midland Circuit

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