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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

February 1, 2010: JCA Commissioners Reappointed

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has announced Jack Straw today announced the reappointment of five Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), the independent commission that selects candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals in England and Wales, and for some tribunals whose jurisdiction extends to Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The JAC, which comprises a Chair, Baroness Prashar, and 14 Commissioners, aims to selects candidates for judicial office on merit, through fair and open competition, from the widest range of eligible candidates. The members of the Commission are supposed to be drawn from a wide background and are drawn from the lay public, the legal professions, tribunals, the magistracy and the judiciary, to ensure that it has a breadth of knowledge, expertise and independence.

The five reappointments are for one year from 1 February 2010. They are:

  • Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Hon) (60) has been a Commissioner since February 2006 and is a Dean of the Faculty of Laws at University College London. She is a former member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  • Sir Geoffrey Inkin OBE (75) has been a Commissioner since February 2006. He is a former member of Gwent County Council and Gwent Police Authority and commanded The Royal Welsh Fusiliers from 1972 to 1974.
  • Her Honour Judge Frances Kirkham (62) has been a Commissioner since February 2006. She became a senior circuit judge in October 2000 and is the designated Technology and Construction Court Judge in Birmingham.
  • Edward Nally (54) has been a Commissioner since February 2006. He is the senior partner in Fieldings Porter Solicitors of Bolton and was President of the Law Society of England and Wales between 2004 and 2005. He is a solicitor member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and a Governor of the College of Law.
  • Sara Nathan OBE (53) has been a Commissioner since February 2006 and is a journalist. She has held several public appointments and is currently Chair of the Animal Procedures Committee. Sara is also on the board of the Solicitor's Regulation Authority and an editorial adviser to the BBC Trust. She served on the Ofcom board and is a former Editor of Channel 4 News.

The JAC has a senior management team comprising the Chief Executive and four Directors and is supported by around 100 other staff. Commissioners receive remuneration of £12,180 per annum in respect of three days service per month. Her Honour Judge Frances Kirkham receives no remuneration as she is a full time judicial office holder.