The Judicial Service Commission is one of four (4) Commissions that falls under the OSC which operates under the general direction of the Chief Personnel Officer.
The Judicial Service Commission is entrenched in the Constitution of Jamaica (Section 111-113). Its membership must include:
The Chief Justice
President of the Court of Appeal
Three (3) members appointed in a similar manner as members of the PSC
These members are appointed by the Governor General by instrument under the Board Seal, acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. Two (2) of these members are nominated by the General Legal Council, none of whom is in active practice as an Attorney-at-Law. Members are appointed for a period of up to three (3) years.
This Commission advises the Governor General on matters concerning appointments, promotions, acting appointments, transfers, study leave and separation of the Judiciary, that is, Judges of the Court of Appeal, Puisne Judges, Resident Magistrates, Registrar of the Court of Appeal and Registrar of the Supreme Court.