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Consultation on Island's judicial independence

26 June 2017

​The Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs has initiated a public consultation on strengthening judicial independence and establishing a Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

The consultation, which will remain open until 4 August 2017, can be accessed online.

It sets out proposals that are intended to confirm and protect the independence of the judiciary in Jersey and establish a modern, clear and transparent legislative framework for the selection, appointment and tenure of the judiciary and Law Officers.

The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, commented “I am very pleased to publish this important consultation and I encourage members of the public, the legal profession and the judiciary to engage and respond.

“The reforms would be of significant importance and it is only through hearing the views of the public that we can give further consideration to the proposals and bring forward amendments where necessary.”

Chair of the Access to Justice Advisory Panel, Senator Paul Routier MBE, commented “This consultation paper aims to promote discussion and poses a number of questions that I hope Islanders will respond to. This is a prime opportunity for members across our community to have their say on the future of several key aspects of Jersey’s justice system.”

Judicial Independence and the establishment of a Judicial and Legal Services Commission

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