Tuesday 13 November 2018

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) was established under the Courts and Court Officers Act of 1995. Under its remit, the Board invites candidates to submit applications for judicial vacancies when those vacancies arise, assesses the applications it receives, and then submits the names of a maximum of seven suitably qualified candidates to the Government for its own consideration.

Established in the wake of the controversial appointment of Harry Whelehan as president of the High Court, which brought down Albert Reynolds' Government in 1994, the JAAB was meant to have taken sole discretion for judicial appointments out of the hands of Government.

With the Board's remit ultimately confined to providing the Cabinet with a list of potential candidates for judicial positions however, some critics have argued that the system of appointments is more politicised than ever.

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