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Describe the ways in which judges are selected, appointed and trained.

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  • Submitted: 04/02/2005
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University Degree English Legal System

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Describe the ways in which judges are selected, appointed and trained.

The ways in which judges are selected and appointed are important and they vary as there are different types of judges with different abilities. The Lord Chancellor is particularly influential in this respect as he has the task of nominating and appointing all the lower ranks of the judiciary. The higher ranks are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, but the Lord Chancellor still has some influence over these appointments. The Lord Chancellor is, in effect, the selector of the judges, though facilitated by the advice of the judiciary and the wider legal profession.

Superior judges

The appointment of judges to the House of Lords and Court of Appeal is by way of invitation. Here a candidate may be approached by the Lord Chancellor without having applied. In 1986 Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham published a document called 'Judicial Appointments' which gave some explanation of the selection process. It involves the Lord Chancellor's Department keeping files on all possible candidates and collecting confidential information and opinions about those candidates from judges. These files are secret so that the subjects do

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