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Ministry of Justice

Governance of Britain: Judicial Appointments

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 25 October 2007

Close date: 17 January 2008

Responses published: 25 March 2008

This consultation seeks views on the arrangements for making judicial appointments, and in particular on whether the residual role of the executive in judicial appointments should be further reduced.  This consultation follows on from 'The Governance of Britain' green paper.

Consultation paper


The Prime Minister and Secretary of State announced the next steps for the constitutional reform programme on 25 March 2008, with a White Paper and a Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill.

The white paper and draft bill took into account responses to consultations on war powers and treaties, the role of the Attorney General, judicial appointments, the Civil Service, flag flying and managing protest around Parliament.

The Analysis of Consultations document analyses the responses to the consultations.