A Ministry of Justice review has concluded the JAC should continue to deliver its function independently of the Executive and the Judiciary, as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).
The Triennial Review of the JAC, published today, is part of the Public Bodies Reform Agenda led by the Cabinet Office, under which all NDPBs are regularly reviewed to challenge robustly the continuing need for each of them to exist as an NDPB and to review their control and governance arrangements.
The report concluded that:
“The JAC has established itself as a universally respected part of the constitutional landscape, bolstering judicial independence and supporting the business of the courts and tribunals…
“The JAC plays an important role in upholding the rule of law, through the fair appointment of the most meritorious candidates to judicial posts, and should continue to deliver its function independently of the Executive, and the Judiciary, as an NDPB. It also finds that the JAC has strong corporate governance and accountability which has allowed it to both dramatically improve its performance and efficiency and foster a mature and appropriate relationship with the MoJ as its sponsoring department…
“The MoJ is pleased to see that an organisation so critical to the rule of law continues to perform and enjoy the confidence of the Executive, the Judiciary, Parliament and the JAC’s stakeholders.”
Christopher Stephens, Chairman of the JAC, said: “The JAC has worked very hard to ensure we are fulfilling our core function of selecting the very best candidates for judicial roles, while also bringing in continuous improvements to the speed, cost and diversity of appointments and maintaining good relationships with our stakeholders. This report is a welcome recognition of our efforts in these areas and we look forward to implementing the recommendations made for further improvements.”
The official announcement about the publication of the Triennial Review of the JAC is available through www.gov.uk.