Committee for Justice Review of Judicial Appointments in Northern Ireland

The Committee for Justice must review and report on the arrangements for the appointment and removal of judicial office holders by 30 April 2012 in accordance with Standing Order 49A.  The review is required by Section 29C of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as amended by Schedule 6 of the Northern Ireland Act 2009 (‘the 2009 Act’) and as set out in Standing Order 49A which states:

“(1) The statutory committee established to advise and assist the Minister of Justice (in this Standing Order referred to as ‘the Committee for Justice’) shall –

(a) review the operation of the amendments made by Schedules 2 to 5 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009;

(b) report on its review by 30 April 2012; and

(c) include in its report any recommendations it has for changes to the way in which judicial office holders are appointed and removed.”

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