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(1) There is to be a body corporate known as the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.
(2) The Commission is to consist of—
(a) a chairman, and
(b) twelve other members appointed by the First Minister and deputy First Minister, acting jointly.
(3) Schedule 2 makes further provision about the Commission.
(4) The Lord Chief Justice is to be the chairman of the Commission; but for any time during which—
(a) the office of Lord Chief Justice is vacant, or
(b) he is not available,
the senior Lord Justice of Appeal who is available is to act as the chairman (whether or not he is already a member).
(5) The following are to be appointed as the other members—
(a) five persons nominated by the Lord Chief Justice (referred to in this section and Schedule 2 as “judicial members”),
(b) a barrister nominated by the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and a solicitor nominated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland (so referred to as “legal profession members”), and
(c) five persons who do not hold (and have never held) a protected judicial office and are not (and have never been) barristers or solicitors (so referred to as “lay members”);
and a reference in Schedule 2 to a non-judicial member is to a member who is either a legal profession member or a lay member.
(6) The judicial members are to be—
(a) a Lord Justice of Appeal,
(b) a judge of the High Court,
(c) a county court judge,
(d) a resident magistrate, and
(e) a lay magistrate.
(7) A person may not be appointed to be a lay member unless he has declared in writing his commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means.
(8) In appointing persons to be lay members, the First Minister and deputy First Minister must so far as possible secure that the lay members (taken together) are representative of the community in Northern Ireland.
To be appointed: see s 87(1).