Judicial Appointments Commission Welsh Language Scheme (English version)

Closed 4 Dec 2015

Opened 8 Oct 2015

Results Updated 20 May 2016

This paper follows the consultation on the JAC’s proposed Welsh Language Scheme. Ten responses were received from people with an interest in judicial appointments including members of the judiciary, potential candidates, legal professional bodies and groups with Welsh interests.

This voluntary, specialised scheme was developed to better specify how the JAC treats the Welsh and English languages when using the JAC’s independent approach to assessing candidates’ suitability for judicial appointment in Wales. It also explains how candidates will be able to communicate with the JAC in Welsh or English, according to their personal choice, which we will facilitate at every opportunity as far as is appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable.

The consultation response document explains how the responses shaped the policy. The Welsh Language Commissioner wrote to the JAC on 10 May 2016 endorsing the final scheme. 

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Overview

This paper sets out for consultation the JAC's proposed Welsh Language Scheme. The consultation is aimed at those with an interest in judicial appointments, including the judiciary, potential candidates, legal professional bodies and groups with Welsh interests.

This voluntary, specialised scheme has been developed to better specify how we treat the Welsh and English languages when using our independent approach to assessing candidates’ suitability for judicial appointment in Wales. It also explains how we enable candidates to communicate with us through the medium of English or Welsh, according to their personal choice, which we will facilitate at every opportunity so far as is appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable. 

Audiences

  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Potential candidates

Interests

  • Law
  • Judicial appointments
  • Equality & diversity