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1

Who traditionally made appointments to the judiciary?

The monarch (on advice of the PM and Lord Chancellor)

2

Who is currently Lord Chancellor?

Michael Gove

3

Why was the old judiciary appointment system criticized?

Judges were almost exclusively drawn from narrow circle of male, white, older Oxbridge graduates

4

Define the term Senior Judiciary

Comprises of the justices of the Supreme Court, heads of divisions, Lords Justices of Appeal, High Court judges

5

Define Secret Soundings

The informal and secretive way in which most senior judges were once appointed. Lord Chancellor consulted with close associates and those already part of the Senior Judiciary

6

What reform act made changes to the Judiciary system in 2005?

The Constitutional Reform Act

7

In 2008, 21 High Court judges approved by Judicial Appointments Committee. 10 were appointed. Criticized as...

They were all white, male, former barristers, and 6 of the 9 educated in the UK went to leading independent schools

8

How many of the 161 senior level judges were Black Ethnic Minorities?

4

9

Who were the founding justices of the Supreme Court?

Those who were active Law Lords October 2009

10

Who was the first President of the Supreme Court?

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

11

In 2009 one of the Law Lords decided to remain in Parliament instead of becoming a Supreme Court Judge. What role did he assume?

Master of the Rolls

12

How many female Supreme Court Justices are there?

1

13

What number of Supreme Court Justices have attended Oxbridge colleges?

10

14

What is the average age of Supreme Court Justices?

68

15

What qualifications does a judge need to sit in the Supreme Court? (2)

Have held high judicial office for at least 2 years
Been a qualifying practitioner for a period of 15 years

16

The selection commission consists of 5 members (name 3)

President of the Supreme Court
Deputy president of the Supreme Court
One member of Judicial Appointments Committee
One member of JA board for Scotland
One member of NI JAC

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Define qualifying practitioner

Someone who has a senior courts qualification, an advocate in Scotland (or solicitor entitled to appear in Scottish Court of Session & the High Court Judiciary), or a member of Bar of NI

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