Five Non-judicial Members of the Civil Justice Council (CJC)

Body: Civil Justice Council
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: Five
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: Eight days per year - four days will be to attend quarterly Council meetings plus four further days to attend other committee meetings and events.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

We are looking for outstanding individuals to become Non-judicial Members of the Civil Justice Council (CJC)

The Civil Justice Council was established under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 as an advisory non departmental public body. It is responsible for keeping the civil justice system under review, conducting research and advising on change and procedural reform, and considering how to make the system more accessible, fair and efficient.

Date: 30/08/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/06/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    8 - 11 November 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    14 - 21 December

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Candidates for these roles must demonstrate the professional skills/qualifications and/or experience in the context of the civil justice, relevant to the particular role with regard to the following:
• A barrister
• Analysis, information architecture, econometrics
• Digital technologies, information technology
• Small and medium-sized enterprises
• Other areas of expertise relevant to civil justice.

Role Description:
• Contribute to the work of the CJC by taking part in quarterly meetings;
• Ensure that your own expertise contributes to the collegiate voice of the Council;
• Participate in and monitor the progress of the work being undertaken by the Council out of committee;
• Consider and contribute to the Council’s responses to proposals for reform and consultations relevant to civil justice;
• Lead by chairing or convening time-limited working parties appropriate to your expertise; and
• Act as ambassador for the Council where appropriate.

Essential criteria:
• A broad understanding of the civil justice system;
• Ability to adopt a collaborative approach in contributing, at a strategic level, to complex issues;
• Ability to represent a sector or interest within the civil justice system, though not as a representative, and to speak with authority as an expert and/or experienced practitioner;
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills in a committee setting; and
• A strong and visible passion and commitment to the improvement of the civil justice system.

Person Specification

Candidates must also be able to demonstrate the professional expertise relevant to the particular role:

Barrister Member

• A practising barrister with significant experience of civil justice;
• A broad understanding of civil justice policy issues is essential; and
• A predominantly civil practice.

Information architecture and econometrics member
• Demonstrable ability to use data to inform policy;
• Strong data analytic skills combined with economic and analytical insights;
• Ability to scrutinise current and planned information architecture systems used in the civil justice system; and
• A strong technical knowledge and/or experience of the design, operation, or use of information infrastructure and services.

Digital technologies and information technology member
• A clear understanding of the effect of new technology in an established system;
• Ability to analyse and critique the commissioning, design and development of information and technology solutions; and
• Experience in developing joined up design and long-term plans to achieve digital transformation.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) member
• Experience of the interaction between SMEs and the civil justice system; and
• Understanding of the particular interests and concerns of SMEs and their employees in relation to the civil justice system.

Other expertise
• An expertise, perspective, or qualification not currently represented within the membership of the CJC and which is not listed above, which you consider the Council would benefit from. If you have such an expertise, your application should outline how your expertise would be a valuable addition to the Council membership.

Additional Information

There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

Security Clearance
Confirmation of appointment will be subject to basic clearance checks, covering confirmation of identity and right to work in the UK plus a criminal record check. This will involve completion of several paper and electronic forms and can take up to five weeks to process following completion of the forms.

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:
• A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
• A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post, including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from AAPs indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.
Guidance on how to write a successful application is provided at Appendix 1.
Please also complete and return the following forms (attached separately on cabinet office website):
• Conflicts of interest form
• Referee request form – In the form please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
• The diversity monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the AAP. By collecting and analysing the data of those applying and obtaining an appointment you will be helping us improve our diversity strategy to meet our public sector equality duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. Your form will be treated in confidence and anonymised with data from other applicants to help compile the Annual Statistical Bulletin of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
• The diversity monitoring form also requests a list of public appointments that you currently hold as well as a declaration of any political activity. In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared political activity will be made public if you are appointed. Any declared political activity will be kept separate from your application and will only be seen by the AAP prior to interview. It will be also be kept separate from any diversity data you provide; as explained above this is not revealed to the AAP.
Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: quoting reference PAT 160023 in the subject line of your email. We will acknowledge receipt.
If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Sam Allan,
Please complete and return the following documents:
Documents to be completed and sent Tick
Personal Statement
A copy of your CV
Completed Supporting Documents
o Conflict of interest form;
o Referee request form; and
o the diversity monitoring form (which asks for information about political activity and public appointments held)

Conflict of Interest - Sept 2019
Diversity monitoring form Mar 2020_
CJC-2021-Candidate-Pack-PAT-160023-EWBrevP 080621 Fin
Reference-Request-form-EWB MAIN-2 (1)
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