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195. Appointment of Chief Justice, Registrar and Judges of the ADGM Courts

(1) Whenever the office of Chief Justice is vacant, the Board must appoint a qualified person to that office; and such appointment shall become effective upon the expiry of 15 days after notifying the Chairman of the Judicial Department of it and receiving no objections thereto.
(2) Subsections (3) and (4) apply to an appointment or to a nomination to appoint a person to the office of Registrar.
(3) The Chief Justice must nominate a person to the Board to fill any vacancy in the office of Registrar; and the Board must fill any such vacancy.
(4) Where there is a vacancy in the office of the Registrar and the office of the Chief Justice is concurrently unfilled, the responsibility to make a nomination to the Board for the purposes of subsection (3) falls to the next most senior ranking Judge of the ADGM Courts whose office is filled.
(5) Subsections (6) to (10) apply to a nomination for an appointment as a Judge of the ADGM Courts.
(6) Subject to subsection (7), the Chief Justice must nominate a person to the Board to fill any vacancy in the office of Judge of the ADGM Courts.
(7) Subsection (6) does not apply to a vacancy while the Chief Justice agrees that it may remain unfilled.
(8) Where there is a vacancy in the office of Judge of the ADGM Courts and the office of the Chief Justice is concurrently unfilled, the responsibility to make a nomination to the Board for the purposes of subsection (6) falls to the next most senior ranking Judge of the ADGM Courts whose office is filled.
(9) The Board may request the Chief Justice to consider a person for nomination for appointment as a Judge of the ADGM Courts.
(10) A request made under subsection (9) may relate to more than one nomination.
(11) Following nomination by the Chief Justice, the person who has been nominated shall be appointed to the office of Judge of the ADGM Courts by the Board.
(12) No person shall be qualified for appointment as Chief Justice or as a Judge of the ADGM Courts unless he satisfies the judicial-appointment eligibility condition.
(13) A person appointed to the office of Chief Justice or as a Judge of the ADGM Courts shall take the required judicial affirmation as soon as may be possible after accepting office.
(14) In the case of a person appointed to the office of Chief Justice, the required judicial affirmation is to be taken in the presence of the Chairman of the Board.
(15) In the case of a person appointed other than to the office of Chief Justice, the required judicial affirmation is to be taken in the presence of the Chief Justice or a judicial office holder nominated by him for this purpose.
(16) In this section "required judicial affirmation" means the judicial affirmation as set out in section 203.
(17) Any appointment or nomination for appointment for a judicial office pursuant to Article 13 of the ADGM Founding Law or under this Part 8 must be solely on merit.
(18) A person must not be appointed, or nominated for appointment to any judicial office pursuant to Article 13 of the ADGM Founding Law or under this Part 8 unless the person or persons making the appointment or nomination to appoint is satisfied that he is of good character.