Terms and conditions of appointment

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 28 April 2016.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins Conservative, Louth and Horncastle 12:15, 28 April 2016

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen.

The point of the three-year term is surely that the Government are hoping to recruit High Court judges at the very top of their game—High Court judges who have a long career behind them and ahead of them. The idea of the three years is to give them the choice to pop out of the High Court or the Court of Appeal and do their three years, and then if they wish to return to service in the courts, they have been out for only three years. It is an attempt to encourage judges to apply, rather than to count against it.