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Judicial Appointments Commission

First Minister Peter Robinson praised the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) as an "effective and efficiently run arms-length body", on 2 October 2012.

NIJAC has powers to appoint and remove judges. It is headed "ex-officio" by the Lord Chief justice.

Mr Robinson explained that this was essentially a technical motion to allow the First and Deputy First Ministers to continue to make appointments of lay members to the commission.

Members of the Justice Committee mainly spoke to approve the motion.

Jim Allister of the TUV asked for reassurance that there would be no "cronyism" in the appointment of members to the commission.

The motion was carried on a cross-community vote.


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