CJA wants non-lawyers to appoint judges

The independent Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA) has recommended that the new body for appointing judges should have a majority membership of non-lawyers, including a lay chair. In its response to the Consultation on Constitutional Reform, the CJA recommends a majority lay membership to bring strong managerial and HR expertise to the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission. In its second annual report, published last month, the CJA welcomed the proposed creation of an independent appointments system, but emphasised that it could only be the start of a much wider reform process.