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Judge criticises NIJAC – 6 November 2013
A county court judge described the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) as “unfit for purpose” and accused it of “unfairness, irrationality and bias”.
His Honour Judge Desmond Marrinan said he believed the commission, which is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, had acted illegally in not appointing him as a high court judge.
The judge was briefing the Justice Committee on a competition to fill a vacancy for the position of high court judge begun in 2009.
He described an interview procedure in which he scored 344 marks out of 400, and the only other eligible candidate scored 339.5.
Judge Marrinan said he had been informed by the commission after the first interview that it could not decide between the two candidates.