Commissioners of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)Closed
|Body:||Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)|
|Appointing Department:||Ministry of Justice|
|Sectors:||Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing|
|Number of Vacancies:||Several|
|Remuneration:||£358 per day|
|Time Requirements:||Minimum of 52 days per year|
Closed for Applications
October and December
Final Interview Date
Sift and Interviews are to be confirmed
Deputy Director ALB Centre of Expertise • Departmental Official
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Chair of the CCRC • Representative of Organisation
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The CCRC’s role is to investigate and review cases where it is alleged that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred in relation to conviction, sentence or both. The CCRC is entrusted with the exercise of wide-ranging, and sometimes intrusive, statutory powers. Commissioners are supported by senior managers, legal and investigations advisers, casework and administrative staff. Investigations are mainly carried out by CCRC staff but CCRC can require others, such as the police, to carry out investigations on its behalf.
Commissioners make casework decisions. This may be as part of a committee of three commissioners (where, for example, consideration is being given to referring a case back to the appeal courts) or more regularly individually, where case working staff, having reviewed and investigated a case, consider that a referral may not be appropriate. Commissioners may also be asked to become involved in the most complex of CCRC cases right at the start where they may decide what investigations staff (or others) will carry out on behalf of the CCRC. The majority of a Commissioner’s time will be focussed on taking decisions in respect of individual cases on his or her own
Commissioners may be called on to provide specialist advice depending on their background and expertise. Commissioners may also be involved in the training of staff and of fellow Commissioners; again, depending on the expertise they bring.
The CCRC is located in Birmingham. Staff and Commissioners work in an open plan environment and although it is a long way off from being a paperless office, it is increasingly adopting the digitalisation agenda. Most of their work is carried out electronically so it is essential that all Commissioners are comfortable using IT.
Staff and Commissioners can do work from home via mobile access. As part of the MoJ estates rationalisation agenda, the CCRC may move to smaller accommodation but it will remain important that Commissioners can and do attend the office on a regular basis.
Person Specification and Eligibility
The Act prescribes that at least one third of Commissioners, shall be legally qualified. The Act also prescribes that at least two thirds of Commissioners shall be persons who appear to the Prime Minister to have knowledge or experience of any aspect of the criminal justice system and, of them, at least one shall be a person who appears to him to have knowledge or experience of any aspect of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.
We are seeking a number of Commissioners. The precise number will depend on various factors including the skill set of the candidates; the fit across the Commissioner body; and capacity in terms of the number of days candidates can offer. Incoming Commissioners must also have an understanding of, and commitment to, equality and diversity.
Our search for new Commissioners also includes appointing at least one Northern Ireland Commissioner. This person does not need to be a lawyer and does not need to be based in Northern Ireland.
While all posts are open to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, the Commission needs to ensure that at least some of the new Commissioners have recent experience of criminal practice to replace those with this experience who are leaving.
The CCRC has recently changed its policy in respect of Commissioners being able to hold posts simultaneously in the criminal justice system. It encourages and welcomes applications from candidates who also hold posts in the criminal justice system which do not raise an issue in respect of conflict. The CCRC considers that posts which do raise an unacceptable level of conflict include lawyers representing those involved in criminal cases or lawyers sitting or working in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Our policy can be found at www.ccrc.gov.uk on the Commission’s website.
It is essential that Commissioners are, and are seen to be, independent and impartial; all applicants must clearly set out any perceived conflict of interest in the supporting documents.
Qualities of a Commissioner
To help you decide if you have the qualities, skills and experience required for this post,
we have listed below the criteria that we will apply when assessing candidates.
- Demonstrate integrity, fairness and independence of mind and sound judgement to make incisive, fair and legally sound decisions.
- Demonstrate intellectual capacity with the ability to make evidence-based decisions; and high level analytical ability, with experience of analysing complex legal or non-legal issues
- Demonstrate ability to acquire knowledge and understanding quickly, especially of unfamiliar subject matters
- Quickly assimilate information to identify essential issues and focus on the relevant issues, encouraging others to do the same
- Allocate time and prioritise tasks effectively, delegating where appropriate, ensuring efficient completion of workload
- Communicate succinctly and in a well-reasoned manner, using technical language only when necessary
- Demonstrate courtesy and authority, instilling confidence in others by using effective communication
- Demonstrate an ability to work in an intensive IT based environment and engaging with available technology to carry out the role in the most efficient and effective way
Northern Ireland Commissioner
In addition to the above criteria, candidates for the Northern Ireland Commissioner must also have
- (Essential) experience of stakeholder engagement in Northern Ireland
- (Essential) a thorough understanding of the political landscape in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland criminal justice system especially in relation to The Troubles cases.
- (Desirable) current or very recent experience of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.
Candidates may be invited to complete a critical reasoning test and take part in a casework scenario group exercise as part of the selection process. This will help inform the selection panel’s decision on who to recommend for interview.
You do not need any legal knowledge to complete this exercise which has been prepared so that it is equally accessible to candidates who are not legally qualified. You may, however, benefit from looking at the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 and the Commission’s case working policies which are available at http://www.ccrc.gov.uk/publications/ccrc-casework-policies/.
|CCRC Commissioner Candidate Information Pack 10 August 2018 MG|