Seanad debates

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)

 

2:30 pm

Photo of Gerard CraughwellGerard Craughwell (Independent)

I want to focus on the word "attributes". Selection processes inevitably require some sort of marking scheme or some sort of credible system that can be assessed or judged. "Attributes" is a loose description. The Minister mentioned "work ethic". How do we compare the judge who is meticulous and takes a lot of time to make sure he or she gets things right first time with the judge who likes to expedite as many cases as possible in the shortest time? Has one a greater work ethic than the other? When we are talking about experience, we are talking about tangible things that can be readily marked or scored. Attributes are more intuitive and less scorable. I am interested in the Minister's view.

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