The JLSC was created by the Constitution as an Institution supporting democracy.
The JLSC's functions are essentially twofold:
Section 105(1) of the Constitution Order provides that the JLSC has the following members
Yes. No person shall be qualified to be appointed to the JLSC if
The office of a member of the JLSC becomes vacant –
Only if he or she determines that compliance with the JLSC's advice would prejudice Her Majesty’s service.
Additionally, where the Governor would like the JLSC to reconsider its advice on a particular matter, he or she may refer that matter back to it.
A Judge of the Grand Court or the Court of Appeal may be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of his or her office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or misbehaviour.
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No. It is wholly independent. Such independence is crucial to ensure its effectiveness.
No. The JLSC is not required to report on its activities to any person/body.
The Chairman is expected to chair each meeting of the JLSC, drive policy, liaise with all other interested parties (e.g. the judiciary) and generally oversee the participation of all of the members in the activities of the JLSC. He also acts as the JLSC's spokesman.
Members of the JLSC are expected to attend each meeting and actively participate in its work.
No. Moreover, a member of the JLSC is prohibited from participating in any proceedings which affect him or her personally. Additionally the President of the Court of the Appeal and any current Judge of the Grand Court who may be a member of the JLSC may not participate in an inquiry on the question of the removal of a Judge other than as a witness.
No. The members of the JLSC are volunteers who receive a small stipend for their time.
If you have a concern regarding the behaviour of a member as it pertains to his/her role on the JLSC, it should be communicated in writing to His Excellency the Governor.
The Commission receives administrative, research, policy, strategic, and other support from the Commissions Secretariat. The Commissions Secretariat falls under the purview of both the Office of the Governor and the Portfolio of the Civil Service.