To qualify for appointment as Chief Justice or a Justice of Appeal, a person must be a Judge of the High Court, or a person who is qualified to practise as an Attorney-at-Law in such a court and has been in practice for an aggregate of fifteen (15) years.
To qualify for appointment as a Judge of the High Court, a person must be or has been a Judge of a court of unlimited jurisdiction in Civil and Criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from such court, or a person who is qualified to practise as an Attorney-at-Law in such a court and has so practised for an aggregate of at least ten (10) years.
Judges are appointed with security of tenure and in the case of the Chief Justice and Justices of Appeal hold office until the age of seventy (70) years and may continue in the office until age seventy-two (72), with the permission of the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
Judges of the High Court hold office until the age of sixty-five (65) and may continue until age sixty-seven (67) with the permission of the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
A Judge can continue in office after reaching the maximum retiring age for the limited purpose of ‘delivering judgment or doing any other thing in relation to proceedings that were commenced before him before he attained that age’.
A judge may be removed from office only for inability to perform the functions of his office or for misbehavior. The office of Judge cannot be abolished while there is a substantive holder.