The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has opened the 2016/17 round of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa awards by inviting nominations. This process leads to recommendations being made to Her Majesty for the appointment of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa. The appointments will be made alongside the new substantive Queen’s Counsel in spring 2017.
The announcement can be found on the MOJ website here, which includes details of the appointment criteria and how to make a nomination. Nominations are invited from any interested member of the public. The nomination period will close on the 21 September 2016.
Nominations will be considered within the Ministry of Justice by a Selection Panel, which will be comprised of:
- Two senior Ministry of Justice Officials;
- a judge;
- a legal academic; and
- Two-to-three representatives of the professional bodies (lawyers or lay staff)