Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2022 (Bill 42 of 2022)

Bill entitled an Act to establish a body to be known as an Coimisiún um Cheapacháin Bhreithiúnacha or, in the English language, the Judicial Appointments Commission; to provide for the making of applications to that Commission for recommendation for appointment, or nomination for appointment or election, to judicial office in the State or outside the State; to amend and extend the qualification and eligibility requirements for appointment to judicial office; to provide for the publication, by the Commission, of a statement of selection procedures to be applied in considering applications and a statement of requisite knowledge, skills and attributes required by applicants seeking such recommendation; to provide for the making by the Commission of recommendations for such appointment or nomination to be based on merit; to provide for the aforementioned matters having regard to the recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) that the system of selection, recommendation and promotion of judges target the appointments to the most qualified and suitable candidates in a transparent way, and having regard to Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 17 November 2010, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe; to provide for the establishment of a Judicial Appointments Commission Office; to dissolve the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board; to provide for expressions of interest in assignment to a particular district court district or circuit to be made by eligible judges to the President of the court concerned; to provide for the funding of the Commission and the Judicial Council by the Courts Service; and for those and other purposes to amend or repeal certain provisions of the Courts of Justice Act 1936, the Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act 1961, the Courts Act 1973, the Courts Act 1977, the Courts and Court Officers Act 1995, the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 and the Judicial Council Act 2019; and to provide for related matters.

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