5 members of the Civil Justice Council (CJC)

Body: Civil Justice Council
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: The role is based in London at the Royal Court of Justice.
Number of Vacancies: 5 - (1 x Consumer Advice Member, 1 x Lay Advice Member, 1 x CILEx Member, 1 x Academic Member, 1 x Welsh Member)
Remuneration: The post is unremunerated, but reasonable standard travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be payable.
Time Requirements: From August 2018 Term of appointment: Three years Time commitment: Four days a year


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

Date: 24/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/06/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


  • Academic Member interviews


  • Consumer & Lay Advice Member interviews


  • CILEx Member interviews


  • Welsh Member interviews



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The roles – Essential criteria
• Consumer Affairs – Extensive experience in or knowledge of the Consumer Advice Sector;
• Lay Advice Sector – Extensive experience in or knowledge of the Lay Advice Sector;
• Welsh Legal Representative – Fully competent on all aspects of Welsh Civil Law;
• Academic – Research experience along with evidence of commitment to civil justice and its delivery including a broad familiarity with the civil justice reforms;
• Legal Executive and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) – You must be a chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.

The Civil Justice Council was established under the Civil Procedure 1997 Act as an advisory non-public body. It is responsible for keeping the civil justice system under review, advising on change and procedural reform, and considering how to make the system more accessible, fair and efficient.
Members of the Council have collective responsibility for the operation of this body. As with all members of advisory bodies:
• Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking into account the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) or by the Lord Chancellor;
• Ensure that its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged and agree an Annual Report;
• Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the MoJ;
• Ensure that the Council does not exceed its powers or functions.

Members of the Civil Justice Council must:
• Participate in quarterly Council meetings using their experience and expertise;
• Monitor the progress of the work programme and the operation of its working parties;
• Consider draft proposals for civil justice reform and consultation responses submitted by its working parties;
• Chair or sit on time-limited working parties as required depending on availability; and
• Act as ambassadors for the Council where appropriate.

Person Specification

In addition to the above, the Essential Criteria are as follows:
o Evidence of commitment to civil justice and its delivery including a broad familiarity with the civil justice reforms.
o An ability to demonstrate significant activity and awareness in the civil justice system – such as involvement in litigation or policy issues e.g. briefing Parliament, responding to consultation papers etc.
o An ability to contribute at a strategic level and an analytical ability in dealing with complex issues, and contribute to a strategic board/committee and experience as a team-player.
o An ability to represent a sector or interest within civil justice and to speak with authority.
o A demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity, effective interpersonal and communications skills including demonstrable engagement with key consumer representative/advice sector stakeholders.

The Academic member will be expected to contribute to the work of the Council beyond quarterly meetings. Evidence of additional work outside of their core role (e.g. leading university pro bono clinics) will need to be shown at application and interview stage.

The Welsh interests member will have the ability to represent Welsh interests within civil justice and to speak with authority as an expert or experienced practitioner. Knowledge and experience of Welsh devolved legislation and legal policy and practice will be essential.*

(*Whilst the ability to speak Welsh is not essential, an awareness of Welsh language considerations in a civil justice context is required.)

• You cannot be involved in any work or activity which might call that into question;

• Candidates may not be appointable if you have been convicted of a criminal offence;

• You should not have had a bankruptcy order made against you, had your estate sequestrated or have made composition or arrangements with, or granted a trust deed for, your creditors;

• There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.

Additional Information

It will be important that a Member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest or anything which might cause embarrassment should you be appointed must be declared.

Public appointees are required to uphold the Board/Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Seven Principles of Public Life (see Appendix 1).

How to Apply

Send the following documents:
o A copy of your CV;
o A supporting letter of no more than two sides that evidences how you meet all the criteria;
o Details of any potential conflicts of interest;
o Previous or current public appointments;
o Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o Political activity declaration form; and the
o Equal opportunities monitoring form.

Complete applications should be sent to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk , receipt of applications will be acknowledged.
ref: PAT150052-CJC-MEMBERS(5)

Supporting-documents-February 2018
CJC Cadidate Pack_Final 2018doc
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