The JAC has a role in recommending candidates for appointment to the Court of Appeal.
Information about Lord Justices of Appeal on the Judiciary website
To be eligible for appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal, a candidate must:
- be a judge of the High Court
- be a solicitor or barrister with at least 7 years post qualification experience
Additional selection criteria may be identified by the Lord Chancellor, such as experience sitting as a judge in a higher court.
Selection panel and process
Candidates are assessed against a competency framework for each post and should provide evidence demonstrating how their knowledge and experience meets these competencies.
The selection panel, which is a committee of the Commission, comprises:
- chair: the Lord Chief Justice or the LCJ's nominee (who must be a Head of Division or a Lord Justice of Appeal)
- a Head of Division (usually the Master of the Rolls) or Lord Justice of Appeal designated by the Lord Chief Justice
- the Chairman of the JAC or the Chairman's nominee
- a lay member of the JAC designated by the Chairman of the JAC or the Chairman's nominee
- a person nominated by the Lord Chief Justice, in consultation with the Chairman of the JAC or the Chairman's nominee
The panel determines the selection process it will follow. It reports its recommendation to the Lord Chancellor, who can accept or reject it, or ask the panel to reconsider.
Current salary information for Lords Justices of Appeal is on the Ministry of Justice website.
Information about the Court of Appeal 2020 selection exercise