The JAC is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
The JAC’s aims and objectives are agreed with the Lord Chancellor and set out in the business plan.
More about the relationship between the JAC and the MoJ (PDF, 378KB)
The JAC Commission
The Commission comprises 15 Commissioners who are responsible for ensuring that the JAC fulfils its role, achieves its aims and objectives, and promotes the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources.
The Chairman of the Commission meets regularly with partners including the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals, and the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman.
The Commission works closely with JAC staff and the leadership team.
More about staff and Commissioners
History of the JAC
The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (CRA) enshrined in law the independence of the judiciary and changed the way judges are appointed.
As a result of the Act, the JAC was set up on 3 April 2006 to make the appointments process clearer and more accountable.
Under the CRA, the JAC’s statutory duties are to:
- select candidates solely on merit
- select only people of good character
- have regard to the need to encourage diversity in the range of persons available for judicial selection