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The Judiciary by zhangyun


									The Judiciary

The Judiciary

    Introduction to judges
          • types of judge
The Judiciary

          Types of judge
     • Law Lords
     • Judges in the Court of Appeal
     • High Court Judges
     • Circuit Judges
     • District Judges
     • District Judges (Magistrates’ Court)
     • Recorders (part-time judges)
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                    Law Lords
Title: Lords of Appeal in Ordinary/Law Lords
Number: 12
Court: House of Lords and Privy Council
Appointed by: the queen on recommendation of the prime
  minister, who has been advised by the Lord Chancellor
Qualifications: appointed from those who hold high judicial
  office, e.g. a judge in the Court of Appeal, or from those
  with 15 years’ experience of supreme courts
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  Judges in the Court of Appeal
Title: Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal
Number: 37
Court: Court of Appeal
Appointed by: the queen on recommendation of the prime
  minister, who has been advised by the Lord Chancellor; the Lord
  Chancellor will have consulted senior members of the judiciary
Qualifications: the statutory qualification is a 10-year High Court
  qualification or being a High Court Judge; most Court of Appeal
  judges are promoted from the ranks of experienced High Court
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              High Court Judges
Title: Mr or Mrs Justice (Surname)
Number: 112
Court: High Court and serious cases in Crown Court
Appointed by: the queen on advice from Lord Chancellor.
Qualifications: they must have a right of audience in relation
  to all proceedings in the High Court for 10 years, or have
  been a Circuit Judge for at least 2 years; once appointed, they
  are assigned to a Division of the High Court — the Chancery
  Division, the Queen's Bench Division, or the Family Division.
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                  Circuit Judges
Number: 636 and 42 Deputy Circuit Judges who sit part time in
Court: Circuit Judges are assigned to a particular circuit and may
  sit at any of the Crown and County Courts on that circuit; they
  can hear both criminal and civil cases
Appointed by: the queen on the recommendation of the Lord
Qualifications: 10-year Crown Court or 10-year County Court
  qualification or to be the holder of one of a number of other
  judicial offices for at least 3 years
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               District Judges
Number: 412, and 744 Deputy District Judges
Court: on appointment, a District Judge is assigned to a
  particular circuit and may sit at any of the County
  Courts or District Registries of the High Court in that
  circuit; a District Registry is part of the High Court,
  situated in various places in England and Wales
Appointed by: the Lord Chancellor
Qualifications: 7-year general qualification
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             District Judges
           (Magistrates’ Court)
Number: 128, and 167 Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’
Court: District Judges (Magistrates’ Court) hear cases in
  Magistrates’ Courts; they are paid and deal with the full
  range of cases and usually hear the longest and most
  complicated cases; they can either sit alone or with lay
Appointed by: the Lord Chancellor
Qualifications: 7-year general qualification
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  Recorders (part-time judges)
Number: 1,404
Court: Recorders may sit in both the Crown and County Courts;most
  begin in the Crown Court, although after about 2 years and further
  training, they may sit in the County Courts; a Recorder must sit for
  at least 15 days a year but not normally for more than 30 days
Appointed by: the queen on the recommendation of the Lord
Qualifications: the statutory qualification for appointment as a
  Recorder is a 10-year Crown Court or 10-year County Court
The Judiciary

  Selection of Judges
The Judiciary

Until 2005, the Lord chancellor was the key figure in the selection of
superior judges.
The Chancellor’s Department kept secret files on all possible candidates,
including existing judges opinions on their suitability.
When there was a vacancy in one of the superior courts, the Lord
Chancellor would invite a judge based on the information in the
departments file.
This ‘secret’ system was heavily criticised, and was improved through
open advertisements from 1998. However, the Lord Chancellor still chose
the most suitable candidate.
As the Lord Chancellors role is primarily political it was felt that judicial
appointment could not be kept independent from political influence.
The method of appointment was changed by the Constitutional Reform
Act 2005, and a Judicial Appointments Commission created to deal with
the selection of judges
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             The Judicial Appointments Committee

Responsible for the appointment of between 500 and 700 judges each year.

There are 15 members of the Commission including:
    • 6 lay members
    • 5 judges (3 from CofA or HC, plus 1 Circuit Judge and 1 District Judge)
    • 1 barrister
    • 1 solicitor
    • 1 magistrate
    • 1 tribunal member
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                          Judicial Qualities

 The Commission has listed five qualities that are desirable for a good
     • Intellectual capacity
     • personal qualities including integrity, independence of mind,
     sound judgement, decisiveness, objectivity and willingness to
     • ability to understand and deal fairly
     • authority and communication skills
     • efficiency
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                     The Process

   • Positions are advertised widely in newspapers,
   legal journals and online
   • Application form including nomination of 3-6
   • Lower level posts require an essay or case study
   • Interview. Including role play or formal structured
   discussion task
   • Selections made and recommended to the Lord
   Chancellor for appointment
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                     Law Lords

 • Appointments   not made by Judicial Appointments
 • Lord Chancellor draws up a shortlist of potential
 • Prime Minister selects and nominates to the
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The Judiciary
  Training of Judges is carried out by “Judicial
  Studies Board” – set up in 1979

  Most of the training is focussed at the lower end of
  the judicial scale – aimed at recorders

  Once a „lawyer‟ has been appointed as a recorder in
  training they go on a 1 week course, then shadow an
  experienced judge for a week.
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  Very short training process

  Even if all are experienced lawyers, does not mean
  have the experience of summing up to jury or

  No compulsory training given to new High Court
  Judges, although invited to attend course
The Judiciary

  Human Awareness Training
 1993 – Judicial Studies Board recommended that
 training should include racial awareness courses.

 This was accepted by the Lord Chancellor, and now
 also includes training in gender awareness and
 disability issues.

 Example – trained that asking a non-Christian for
 Christian name can be seen as offensive
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  Should there be a career Judiciary?

  In many continental countries becoming a judge
     is a career choice, made by students once
     they have their basic legal qualifications.

  They usually do not practice as a „lawyer‟ first.

  Once qualified they will sit in junior posts and
    work their way up the judicial ladder.
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  The two main advantages of this system are:
  1) The average age of judges is much lower,
     especially in the bottom ranks
  2) Judges have had far more training in the
     specific skills they need as judges

  The main disadvantage is that judges may be seen
    as too closely linked to the government. In
    this country judges are generally considered
    as independent from the government
The Judiciary

A judge’s appointment can be terminated in four different
• resignation
• retirement
• removal due to infirmity
• dismissal
The Judiciary

Judges may resign at any time. This has been used in the
past as a way of getting rid of judges without having to
dismiss them, by giving them an opportunity to resign
The Judiciary

The usual retirement age for judges is 70, as required by
the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993.

In some circumstances, authorisation can be given for a
judge to continue beyond that age
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      Removal due to infirmity
 This method is used if a judge is incapacitated, usually
 through ill health, and is unable to resign.
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Judges are given security of tenure during good behaviour.

Following the Act of Settlement 1700, the Law Lords, Lords
Justices of Appeal and High Court Judges can only be
removed by the queen on the petition of both Houses of

Circuit Judges and other judges can be removed by the
Lord Chancellor for incapacity or misbehaviour.
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Judge                     Court(s)                  Tenure
Lords of Appeal in        House of Lords            ‘whilst of good behaviour’

Lord Justices of Appeal   Court of Appeal           ‘whilst of good behaviour’

High Court Judges         High Court                ‘whilst of good behaviour’
                          Crown Court for serious
Circuit Judges            Crown Court               Can be dismissed by Lord
                          County Court              Chancellor for incapacity or
District Judges           County Court              Can be dismissed by Lord
                          Magistrates Court         Chancellor

Recorders                 Crown Court               Appointed for 5 years, Lord
                          Come in County Court      Chancellor can decide whether to
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         Judicial independence
Great weight is given to the notion of judicial
independence, and it is central to the theory of the
separation of powers. The idea behind it is simple, namely
that judges should operate free from pressure, whether it
be applied by the government, political parties or anyone

Without pressure, judges are free to make independent
and impartial decisions, without fear of reprisal.
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  Measures to ensure judicial
     1. Security of tenure

     2. Legal action against judges

     3. Judicial salaries

     4. Unable to take part in party politics
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             Security of tenure
It is very difficult to dismiss a member of the judiciary.
This is to ensure that he or she acts without fear of losing
his or her job at the hands of the government or other
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   Legal action against judges
Judges cannot be sued for anything done in their judicial
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               Judicial salaries
These are paid out of the consolidated fund and are not
voted upon by Parliament, so judges will not be tempted
to find in favour of the government in order to secure a
pay rise. Equally, judges can act without fear of a wage cut
if they make unpopular decisions.
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       Unable to take part in
          party politics
  Full-time judges must refrain from active political

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