Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)
David Norris (Independent)
The Minister has accepted the argument in section 50(2)(b), with reference to "judicial offices in the same court, different classes of business in the court". That relates to experience, so why should it not be clearly stated? The Minister said it is covered elsewhere in the Bill. In fact, "experience" is referenced three times in the Bill. If we accept his argument, however, it need only be mentioned once. In fact, it is not sufficient that it is mentioned in one section or another but not in all relevant sections. Unless it informs the whole process of the Bill, it is not adequate.