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Senior judicial commissioner and vice-chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission announced

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Burnett appointed as a new senior judicial commissioner and vice-chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

The Lord Chancellor today announced the appointment by Her Majesty the Queen of The Right Honourable Lord Justice Burnett as a senior judicial commissioner and vice-chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

The appointment of The Right Honourable Lord Justice Burnett is for a 5-year period from 1 November 2015 with the possibility, subject to the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, of renewal for a total period not exceeding 10 years.

The JAC is an 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 selects candidates for judicial office on merit, through fair and open competition, from the widest range of eligible candidates.

The JAC comprises a lay chairman and 14 lay, judicial and legal professional commissioners.

Biography

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Burnett was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal on 6 October 2014. He was called to the Bar, Middle Temple in 1980. Bencher in 2001; in practice as barrister, Temple Garden Chambers in 1982 to 2008 (Head of Chambers, 2003 to 2008). Crown Counsel, Common Law, 1992 to 1998.

He became Queen’s Counsel in 1998. Appointed Assistant Recorder, 1998 to 2000; Recorder, 2000 to 2008; a Deputy High Court Judge, 2008. Deputy Chairman, Security Vetting Appeals Panel, 2009. He was appointed Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in 2008 and was the Presiding Judge on the Western Circuit from 2011 to 2014.