Appointment of Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon Robert Buckland, QC MP, is pleased to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Douglas Marshall as Ombudsman for Judicial Appointments and Conduct (JACO) for a period of 5 years from March 1, 2021.

This appointment follows an open recruitment campaign conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance for Public Appointments and regulated by the Public Appointments Commission.

The Ombudsman provides an independent second-tier investigative function in dealing with complaints related to the discipline or conduct of the judiciary or the procedure for the appointment of judges (the Office of Judicial Conduct and Inquiry and the Commission for the Appointment of Judges take care of the first stage investigations). . The position is a legal post established by the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005.

JACO leads a small team of caseworkers to investigate and identify issues in these cases, with the majority considering process and factual issues before making final reports and recommendations. There is no formal right to appeal against the Ombudsman’s decisions.

Douglas Marshall is the Chief Police Officer for the Cumbria Constabulary and is the director of Hawk Detective Services, which is based in Scotland. He completed 30 years of service with the Cumbria Constabulary before returning to staff and at the end of his service he was the assistant national coordinator for Operation Hydrant (the national police response, oversight and coordination of non-police officers). recent child sexual abuse). He has served as a senior investigating officer on several high profile cases in Cumbria.

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