Judiciary set to welcome Government lawyers into the fold

Government lawyers are to be offered posts in the judiciary under controversial plans announced by the Attorney General today.
Lawyers working for the Crown Prosecution Service, the Government Legal Service and the Serious Fraud Office will be eligible to sit as civil recorders and deputy district judges. The Attorney Gerneral, Lord Goldsmith indicated full-time judicial posts are likely to be created in the future.
The Attorney General conceded that the move is likely to create a public perception problem because of the perceived conflict in employing a prosecuting lawyer to the impartial position of a judge.
It was also announced that applicants, including retired members of the judiciary, are sought for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions. Incumbent Sir David Calvert-Smith QC is retiring.