Judicial selection review to be published ‘early 2022’ | News

The findings of an independent review motivated by accusations that the Judicial Appointments Commission failed to eliminate so-called “secret polls” will be released early next year on Gazette has been said.

President JAC Lord Kakkar Recount the House of Commons Special Committee on Justice in June that it launched an independent review of the statutory consultation process. Lord Kakkar was concerned about the impact of accusations by eight anonymous sitting judges, that experienced women and ethnic minority candidates were ignored for leadership positions and the ensuing “negative” press attention on potential candidates.

The statutory consultation process requires the board to consult with someone who has served in the position for which applicants are applying, or someone who has other relevant experience, to ensure applicants are of good character and have the necessary capabilities. for the post.

Lord Kakkar told MEPs there was no evidence that statutory consultation worked against different candidates from different groups, “but I think we have a duty to address this issue”.

The review will examine the approach to statutory consultation, whether the responses to the consultation are considered appropriately and disproportionately impact appointment recommendations for any group, and whether improvements can be made.

The review is being conducted by Work Psychology Group (WPG) which, according to the JAC, is a leader in the field of organizational psychology. WPG began interviewing partners of the Forum on Judicial Diversity “to directly and candidly contribute to the review on behalf of their members (as potential candidates)”. WPG will also interview judges involved in the statutory consultation process and seek the advice of judges from the JAC Independent Advisory Group.

The JAC said it expected to publish a full report on its website in “early 2022”.

Martin E. Berry