On 26 July 2010, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clark, agreed to a proposal that salaried mental health judges with suitable experience can be selected to chair restricted patient tribunal cases. Previously, restricted cases could only be chaired by a circuit judge, a retired circuit judge or a recorder QC. As there are now full time experienced salaried judges the pool of chairs for restricted cases will increase. Circuit judges and recorder QCs will, however, continue to deal with the majority of restricted tribunal cases.