Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)
I move amendment No. 84:
In page 27, between lines 26 and 27, to insert the following: “ (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1)(c), the Commission may, as the occasion requires, directly invite a particular person (including a person who is for the time being a serving judge or a relevant office holder within the meaning of section 41(5)) to make an application to be considered for selection; such an invitation shall not constitute or give rise to preferential consideration by the Commission of an application made in response to such an invitation. ”.
The grouping comprises my two amendments, amendments Nos. 84 and 85, and Senator McDowell's amendment No. 85a. My two amendments relate to section 38 and seek to insert a new subsection concerning the power of the commission to directly invite a particular person, including a serving judge or relevant officeholder, to make an application to be considered for selection.
I note an error in the drafting of the amendment where it refers to section 41(5), which no longer-----