Members of the Council for the Judiciary

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Members of the Council for the Judiciary

Two of the Council’s four members are former judges, making them part of the Judiciary. The other two members held a variety of positions, including senior-level positions in the Dutch central government. Members of the Council for the Judiciary are appointed by Royal Decree for a six-year term and can be reappointed once, for a maximum term of three years. They are nominated for appointment or reappointment by the Minister of Security and Justice.


F.C. Bakker (chairman)

F.C. Bakker (Frits)
Born in 1955

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Mr Bakker studied Law at the University of Groningen and went on to earn his PhD from the same institution.After his studies and a tour of duty, he entered the judges’ training programme at the Breda District Court in 1979, followed by a career as a judge at this court (adjudicating in both the Civil Law and Criminal Law divisions). In 1991 he was appointed Vice President and transferred to the Haarlem District Court, where he served first as chamber chairman and subsequently as division chairman in the Criminal Law and Civil Law divisions. In 1999, he became President of the Haarlem District Court and in 2008 he was appointed President of the Hague District Court. He joined the Council for the Judiciary on 1 July 2012, where he also served as Central Information Officer. As of the 1st of July 2013, he has been appointed as Chairman of the Council.


C.H.W.M. Sterk

Mr. C.H.W.M. Sterk (Kees)
Born in 1962

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From 1987 to 1994, mr. Sterk was an associate professor at the Catholic University Brabant, where he also obtained his Ph.D. From 1994 to 2000 he was a judge at the district court of Breda. In 2000 he became a justice in the court of appeal in ’s-Hertogenbosch. From 2006 until the end of 2008 he was a senior justice and deputy board member at the court of appeal. From the end of 2008 until the 1st of July 2013, he was a justice at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Kees Sterk became a member of the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary on the 1st of July 2013.


P. Arnoldus

Mr. P. Arnoldus (Peter)
Born in 1965

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Peter Arnoldus studied Law and Political Science at Leiden University. From 1992 until 1999 Peter Anoldus worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Head of the Bureau for Budget Coordination and later as Deputy Head of the Trade Policy Department. In 1999 and 2000 Arnoldus was a senior consultant with KPMG. In 2001 he returned to government service, when he became Head of Training and Labour Market at the Ministry of Finance. Later he founded and chaired the State Academy for Finance and Economy at the Ministry of Finance. Peter Arnoldus joined the Council for the Judiciary on 15 September 2014. His portfolio includes finance and housing.


H. Rappa-Velt

H. Rappa-Velt (Herma)
Born in 1960

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Herma Rappa-Velt studied Law at the University of Groningen. She held many positions in government. Rappa-Velt worked at the Central Government Real Estate Agency, at the Ministry of Education, at the province of Drenthe, at the CNV Labour Union, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency as director for key processes, customer contact and data. She was the first to win the Public Sector Manager of the Year Award in 1998. Herma Rappa Velt joined the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary on 15 October 2014. Her portfolio includes Human Resource Management and Business Operations.