Civil Procedure Rule Committee – Lay Member

Body: Civil Procedure Rule Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: The role is based in London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: Nine days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    December 2018


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee was set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 to make rules of court for the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Court. The Civil Procedure Rules set out the practice and procedure to be followed.

 The committee consists of the following members:

 The Head of Civil Justice – The Master of the Rolls

 The Deputy Head of Civil Justice

 Two or three judges of the Senior Courts

   One Circuit Judge

   One Master of the Senior Courts

   One or two District Judges

   Three barristers

  Three Solicitors

  Two members with experience of the consumer and lay advice sector

Day-to-day management of the committee’s agenda, and the programme of work, which springs from it, is undertaken by the committee secretariat, in close consultation with the chair of the committee. The secretariat is part of a team of policy officials at the Ministry of Justice tasked with managing the committee’s work.

Person Specification

Members of the Civil Justice Council must:

  • Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice 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; agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least one meeting a year in public.
  • Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the Ministry of Justice.
  • Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.


  • 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

Essential criteria

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Interest in the broad field of law concerning civil courts and rule making process
  • Commitment to reflecting the needs of end users in that process
  • Evidence of committee working and relevant inter-personal skills
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution options and processes
  • Ability to deal confidently with legal specialists – judiciary and lawyers
  • A commitment to valuing diversity
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