Report to the Human Rights Council on judicial councils

On 22 June 2018, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers presented his second report to the Human Rights Council, which focuses on the role that judicial councils and/or other bodies independent from the legislative and executive branches of powers play in ensuring the independence of the judiciary.

Statement of the Special Rapporteur: English | Spanish

In preparing this report, the Special Rapporteur called for contributions from States, international and regional human rights mechanisms, national human rights institutions, judicial councils and civil society. The Special Rapporteur requested information on the existence of a national body or mechanism in charge of guaranteeing judicial independence; the composition of this body or mechanism and the procedure for the appointment of its members; and the competences of this body or mechanism in relation to all decisions relating to the careers of judges (selection, appointment, promotion, suspension and dismissal).

The submissions to the report on judicial councils are available.