Dear Judicial Appointments Commission,
Can you please assist me in providing documents to explain the following questions:
How many judges in England and Wales currently sitting have been appointed with a history as a discharged bankrupt?
If a current sitting judge becomes a bankrupt what is the procedure that follows?
And how many judges who currently sit are bankrupts either undischarged or discharged?
Thank you for your FOI request. The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is only responsible for selecting and recommending candidates for judicial appointment to the Lord Chancellor. We are not responsible for the actual appointment or subsequent deployment and personnel matters. The JAC came into existence in 2006 so many sitting judges will have been appointed before then under different procedures, but I can advise that the JAC has a statutory duty to only recommend candidates of good character. Guidance is provided on our website http:jac.judiciary.gov.uk within "Can I apply" which states
"Being an undischarged bankrupt .... is likely to lead to disqualification [from the selection exercise]. However, it will depend on the particular circumstances of the case."
I am forwarding your request to the Ministry of Justice who will co-ordinate the response as the JAC is unable to assist further. Their email is [email address].
Judicial Appointments Commission
Dear Mr Henderson,
Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information Request.
Miss Michelle Bayley| Casework Manager |Judicial Office | 10th Floor
Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice | Strand | London | WC2A
2LL | Telephone 020 7073 1623 | www.judiciary.gov.uk
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