i) The principle of transparency should permeate every stage of the selection and appointment process.

ii) The selection and appointment authority should be independent and impartial.

iii) The process for the selection and appointment of judicial officers shall be fair.

iv) Judicial appointees should exceed minimum standards of competency, diligence and ethics.

v) Appointments of candidates should be made according to merit.

vi) The appointment process should ensure stakeholder engagement at all relevant stages of the process.

vii) Objective criteria for the selection of judicial officers should be pre-set by the selection and appointment authority, publicly advertised, and should not be altered during that process.

viii) The judicial bench should reflect the diversity of society in all respects, and selection and appointment authorities may actively prioritise the recruitment of appointable candidates who enhance the diversity of the bench.

ix) Candidates shall be sourced according to a consistent and transparent process.

x) The shortlisting of candidates shall be credible, fair and transparent.

xi) Candidates shortlisted for interview shall be vetted and stakeholders invited to comment on the candidate’s suitability for appointment prior to interview.

xii) Interviews should be held for the selection of candidates for appointment to judicial office.

xiii) The final selection (decision) to recommend for appointment shall be fair, objective and based on weighing the suitability of the candidate for appointment against the criteria set for that appointment.

xiv) Formal appointment shall be made constitutionally and lawfully.

xv) Provision shall be made for judicial officers to assume office timeously once appointed.