The JAC has a role in recommending candidates for appointment to the office of Lord Chief Justice.
The Lord Chief Justice also carries the title of the Head of Criminal Justice and President of the Courts of England and Wales.
Information about the role on the Judiciary website
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 processes to be followed for appointment for this role are set out in the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013.
The selection panel, which is a committee of the Commission, will comprise:
- chair: the Chairman of the JAC
- the most senior England and Wales Supreme Court Judge (usually the President of the UK Supreme Court)
- 2 JAC Commissioners designated by the JAC Chairman, one of whom must be a lay member
- a judicial member designated by the current Lord Chief Justice
The panel determines the process for selection, although it must consult with the Lord Chancellor and the First Minister for Wales.
The panel reports its recommendation to the Lord Chancellor, who can accept or reject it, or ask the panel to reconsider.
Current salary information for the Lord Chief Justice is on the Ministry of Justice website.
Information about the Lord Chief Justice 2017 selection exercise