Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report and accounts 2020-21

21 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.

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Combined statistics report 2021 gives further insight into diversity in the judiciary

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The annual Combined Diversity Statistics Report, published for the first time in September 2020, pulls together in-depth annual data from the legal professions and the judiciary, allowing better analysis and insight into how to improve diversity.

Today the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF), which is chaired by the JAC, has published combined statistics which report on diversity in the judiciary as of March 2021. The JDF also released an accompanying statement – you can read it here to find out more about the findings of the report.

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Judicial Appointments Commission: review of statutory consultation

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 9 July 2021

Last week, our Chairman, Lord Ajay Kakkar, informed the Justice Select Committee that we will review our approach to statutory consultation to ensure best practice.

Statutory consultation is a legal requirement on the JAC and one aspect of the selection process for judicial appointment which is carefully used alongside a wealth of other evidence to make sure we select only on merit, those of good character.

The review will make sure that we use statutory consultation in in the most appropriate way, and allow us to reassure candidates that we are using it in a fair and clear way in line with our statutory responsibilities.

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