Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)
I am grateful to the Minister for his willingness to re-examine the section. What we set out to achieve with the amendment was to prevent the commission from presenting to the Government a preferential ranking of prospective judicial nominees for the positions of Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal, President of the High Court, President of the Circuit Court and President of the District Court. In light of the Minister's acknowledgement that there is an issue to be dealt with, for which I am grateful, it behoves me and my colleagues to withdraw amendment No. 86h, with the proviso that we will reintroduce it on Report Stage if we are unhappy with what the Minister brings forward. The Minister has indicated a willingness to examine that area and I thank him for that. I will formally withdraw the amendment.