Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department

Press Notice No.19 of Session 2002-03                 17 July 2003


JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS AND A SUPREME COURT

The Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department-expected in due course to become the Constitutional Affairs Committee-is to examine the Government's proposals for a new way of appointing judges and for a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom, as announced in the consultation papers published by the Government on Monday.

The Committee will be receiving copies of all non-confidential responses to the Government's consultation. It would, however, welcome any additional submissions which interested parties may wish to make directly to the Committee on any aspect of the Government's proposals.

Any such additional submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above no later than Friday 7th November.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk.  If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, your covering e-mail should state clearly who the submission is from, together with relevant contact details, and a letter should be sent validating the e-mail.  The guidance on the submission of evidence to select committees which can be found at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm should be followed (copies are available from the Committee office on request for those without access to the Internet).

Oral evidence sessions are expected to take place in the autumn.

Note: The Government's consultation papers Constitutional reform: a new way of appointing judges and Constitutional reform: a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom were published by the Department for Constitutional Affairs on Monday 14th July. Copies of the consultation papers may be obtained from Judith Simpson, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Legal and Judicial Services Group, 5th floor, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4XB, tel 020 7210 1501 ( A Supreme Court for the United Kingdom); or Kerri Sephton, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Legal and Judicial Services Group, 5th floor, PO Box 38528, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4XB, tel 020 7217 4800 ( A new way of appointing judges). Copies are also available on the Department's website  www.dca.gov.uk  Please do not contact the Committee for copies of the consultation papers.