Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press Notice No26 of Session 2002-03                5 November 2003


EVIDENCE SESSION
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS AND A SUPREME COURT


The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold the first of its public evidence sessions in relation to its inquiry into the Government's proposals for a new way of appointing judges and for a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom. The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) issued two consultation papers on 14 July 2003 (details below).

Details of the first evidence session are as follows:

Tuesday 11 November, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9.30am
Sir Colin Campbell, First Commissioner for Judicial Appointments, The Commission for Judicial Appointments

10.10am
Roger Smith, Director, JUSTICE and Professor Robert Stevens, Senior Research Fellow, University College London

Further evidence sessions have been arranged as follows:

Tuesday 18 November, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
2.15pm
Thursday 27 November, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9.15am
Tuesday 2 December, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9.15am
Tuesday 9 December, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9.15am
Thursday 11 December, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
4.30pm
Tuesday 16 December, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
9.00am

Details of witnesses will be confirmed in due course and will appear on the Committee's Future Meetings page

Please note that Committee Rooms can be liable to change at short notice.  Up-to-date information is available from the Committee Office Recorded Information Line on 020 7219 2033

Notes for editors:

1.    The Committee was established on 28 January 2003 to scrutinise the expenditure, policy and administration of the Lord Chancellor's Department (now Department for Constitutional Affairs) and associated public bodies.

2.    The Department for Constitutional Affairs issued the following consultation papers 14 July 2003:
Constitutional reform: a new way of appointing judges (CP 10/03) and Constitutional reform: a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom (CP 11/03)

These are also available on the DCA website:
www.dca.gov.uk/consult/jacommission
www.dca.gov.uk/consult/supremecourt