Report slams judicial appointments

An independent report out today slams the way senior judges are appointed.

The Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA) is reporting after an exhaustive audit of the appointment of high court judges, during which they had access to every stage of the process.

The commissioners, led by Nottingham University’s vice-chancellor Sir Colin Campbell, found that the system is unfair and that there is a perception that it is “founded on patronage’. The CJA is now recommending an urgent overhaul of the entire appointments process, suggesting that all future candidates are required to make an application, with evidence about those candidates gathered from a wider range of sources including references, appraisal and interview.