Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report and accounts 2020-21

Big Ben, London21 July 2021

The Commission’s annual report and accounts have been laid before Parliament and published today. The report contains a range of information about the work of the Commission from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

The number of judicial appointments made this year was 869, continuing the record volume of appointments seen last year. In these last three years we have seen the highest numbers of appointments since the Commission was established.

Read the Annual Report

Highlights from 2020 – 2021 include the launch of the Targeted Outreach and Research team. The team is focussing on three diversity initiatives designed to speed up the pace of change:

  • a two-year pilot programme of targeted candidate outreach for key court and tribunal roles, led by three exceptional and highly experienced former commissioners
  • overseeing research, analysis and stakeholder engagement on measures used successfully by other common law jurisdictions to improve judicial diversity – to better understand how these might be used in England and Wales
  • ensuring ethnically diverse selection panels for judicial roles

Read our latest Diversity Update

Key facts:

    • the JAC spent £7.3m (compared to £7m in 2019-20)
    • we completed 35 exercises with 3,574 applications and made 869 recommendations
    • these included the selection of 17 High Court Judges
    • we were also involved in various senior appointments in the judiciary, including the selection of Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate), Judge Advocate General and Chancery Master
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