Mannin: Judiciary Selection Why The Secrecy



Why is the selection process for members of the judiciary not more transparent the Celtic League has asked the Manx Government? (See below):

“The Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
Mr A Brown MHK
Government Buildings
Isle of Man


Dear Chief Minister,

In 2003 the UK DCA issued a consultative paper entitled “Constitutional reform: a new way of appointing judges”. The consultative paper was aimed at stimulating debate on judicial reform.

Tellingly the DCA paper says:

“In order for the judiciary to continue to command public confidence, it is vital that the process by which judges are selected and appointed must also command confidence. The present judicial appointments system has come under increasing scrutiny and challenge in recent years. Rightly or wrongly, the existing procedures are commonly seen as unaccountable and lacking in transparency. They are perceived by many to be systemically biased. Whether or not the system really is biased, the perception has an impact which is real
enough. This perception may damage public confidence in the administration of justice”

Can you indicate why there is so little transparency in relation to the  appointment of members of the judiciary in the Isle of Man?

Would it be possible for the process surrounding the selection of all serving members of the judiciary (Deemsters, High Bailliff etc) to be made public or is this information regarded as to sensitive or confidential for the public to have access to?

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

Related article on Celtic News here:

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


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