Members come from a wide background to ensure the Commission has a breadth of knowledge, expertise and independence.
The Chairman of the Commission is a lay member.
Of the 14 other Commissioners:
- 6 must be judicial members (including 2 tribunal judges)
- 2 must be professional members (each of which must hold a qualification listed below but must not hold the same qualification as each other*)
- 5 must be lay members
- 1 must be a non-legally qualified judicial member
This composition is determined by the Judicial Appointments Commission Regulations 2013.
*The legal qualifications are:
- barrister in England and Wales
- solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
How Commissioners are appointed
Twelve commissioners, including the Chairman, are appointed through open competition.
The other 3 are selected by the Judges' Council (2 senior members of the courts judiciary) or the Tribunal Judges' Council (1 senior member of the tribunals judiciary).
The Commissioners are appointed in their own right and are not representatives of the professions that they may come from.
Register of interests for JAC Commissioners