Judicial Appointment and the Skills for Judicial Office
Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2005
17 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2005
Although there is widespread commitment to the principle that judicial appointment must be made on merit, the concept of merit in judicial appointment lacks concrete meaning. At the very least, merit must include the actual qualities and skills needed for the institutional role and specific tasks of the judicial office. The authors' research findings identify elements of the everyday work of Australian magistrates and the specific qualities and skills which are essential or important for the work of judicial officers more widely. This information can be used to develop valid criteria for selection for judicial office rather than relying on a vague and subjective notion of merit.
Keywords: Judiciary, judges, magistrates, courts, Australia, judicial appointment, judicial skills, selection criteria, empirical research, survey research, merit, Australian magistrates
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