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(p. 211) 17. Judicial appointments 

(p. 211) 17. Judicial appointments
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(p. 211) 17. Judicial appointments
Author(s):

Kate Malleson

, Richard Moules

, and Nicola Padfield

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780199560189.003.0017
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date: 21 November 2019

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter reviews the way in which judges are appointed in the light of the increasing constitutional and political significance of the judiciary. It considers the tension between the requirements of judicial independence and accountability in the judicial appointments process and the growing pressure for more openness and greater diversity in the composition of the judiciary. It reviews the radical changes to the judicial appointments process which are set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. It addresses the question of whether the new system will meet the challenge of maintaining the legitimacy and high levels of competence of the judiciary, whilst ensuring that all well-qualified lawyers have an equal chance of being appointed to the bench.

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