The Selection Panel

  1. The Selection Panel will be independent, will act in the service of the public interest, will include “lay” (non-lawyer) membership and must command respect.

  2. The Selection Panel will consist of a minimum of 9 members, including a retired senior judge, senior lawyers, (among whom there should be both barristers and solicitors), and distinguished lay people. There should be equal numbers of lay people and lawyers (excluding any judicial member).
  3. The Selection Panel will be chaired by a distinguished lay person.
  4. Members of the Selection Panel will be remunerated at a rate that reflects the importance and seniority of their positions.
  5. Decisions of the Selection Panel will be valid notwithstanding any vacancy or the absence of a Panel member from a meeting or meetings.
  6. The appointments to the Selection Panel will be made as follows:

    (a)        the chair, initially by joint nomination of the Chairman of the Bar and the President of the Law Society;

    (b)        the other lay members, by open competition;

    (c)        the judicial, barrister and solicitor members, initially by nomination by the Chairman of the Bar (for the barrister members), the President of the Law Society (for the solicitor members), and the Chairman of the Bar and the President of the Law Society jointly (for the judicial member).

  7. Each open competition for the members of the Selection Panel will be conducted by an appointment panel. The appointment panel will comprise three members, two nominated respectively by the Chairman of the Bar and the President of the Law Society, the third being a distinguished lay chair nominated by the other two members. The appointment panel will be supported by suitable competency-based selection and Equal Opportunities expertise.
  8. The Selection Panel will receive training from and be supported by suitable expert advice on equal opportunities and competency-based selection.
  9. The Selection Panel will also have the responsibility of reviewing cases where cause was shown why a candidate receiving the award should later be deprived of it.

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