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"Judicial Appointments: Balancing Independence, Accountability and Legitimacy"
This collection of essays brings together a distinguished group of academics, commentators and practitioners to analyse the changes to judicial appointments in England and Wales, five years after the passage of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.
Contributors include Professor Jeffrey Jowell, former Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Baroness Prashar, inaugural Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, and Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti.
As the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge observes in his Foreword, this collection "provides a comprehensive analysis of the recent history of our judicial appointments system". The essays "address such sensitive and difficult issues" as merit, independence and diversity "in language which is clear, unequivocal and does not obscure what the writer means".
Funded by the Bar Council, Law Society and Institure of Legal Executives, this publication had its genesis in a seminar organised by the Judicial Appointments Commission at the Canadian High Commission and attended by a range of commentators from United Kingdom jurisdictions.