160053 Judicial Disciplinary Panels - Lay Panel Members

Body: Ministry of Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Royal Courts of Justice, Strand London, WC2A 2LL
Skills required: Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 15
Remuneration: £200 per half day / £300 per full day
Time Requirements: 1-5 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/09/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the JCIO was established to carry out an independent function at arm’s length from the Government, we are mindful that appointing someone who is employed by a government department might risk undermining confidence in the independence of the disciplinary process.

If you are in receipt of a salary from a government department and wish to apply, you should expect that – if selected for interview – the Advisory Assessment Panel will explore whether any perceived or real conflicts of interest might exist if you were to be appointed and, if so, how this might be managed. The latter might include an undertaking to resign from government employment, if appointed, and – if considered appropriate – for there to be an interval between resignation and taking up appointment.

We are looking for:
Judicial disciplinary panels are part of the statutory process for considering complaints about judicial office-holders in England and Wales. Each panel is made up of two judicial and two lay members. Panels are convened as and when they are required to deal with a case. The role of the panels is to review cases in which a judicial office-holder has been recommended for removal from office for misconduct. This entails:
• Determining the facts of the case.
• Coming to a view as to whether there has been any misconduct by the office-holder.
• Recommending whether disciplinary action should be taken and if so what.

As well as considering the case documents, panels are required to meet to discuss the case and agree a decision, which is then documented in a report for the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice. Panels may also hear oral evidence from the office-holder. Panel meetings can take place in person at the Royal Courts of Justice in London or remotely via Microsoft Teams. The JCIO provides procedural guidance and administrative support to the panels.
Appointments to the list of lay disciplinary panel members are made by the Lord Chancellor with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice.

Person Specification

Essential criteria
Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Analytical skills – able to analyse detailed information and identify the relevant issues.
• Judgement – able to adopt a balanced approach to issues and reach impartial conclusions based on the evidence.
• Communication – able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to articulate opinions persuasively while being receptive to the views of others.
• Independence and collaboration – able to think independently while working effectively with people from different professional backgrounds.
• Organisation – able to work at pace and demonstrate an appropriate level of commitment, ensuring that sufficient time is set aside to prepare for and attend panel hearings.
• Integrity – able to demonstrate a commitment to high standards of conduct and ethics,
• Some knowledge of the judiciary in England and Wales and the judicial disciplinary system, or willingness/ability to learn.

• Some experience of working in a regulatory/complaints environment.

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