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
Closing Date: 26/09/2022 09:00
Interviews: January 2023, dates TBC

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.

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 can be found at Appendix 2.

Supporting Documents form (attached separately on cabinet office website)
Please also complete and return the Supporting Documents form which seeks the following information:
• Conflicts of interest and Previous Conduct: If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of non-lay Chair and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.
Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the AAP. Please provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.
The AAP may explore any issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated
Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact Simon Parsons at simon.parsons1@judicialconduct.gov.uk
• Number of other public appointments held
• Referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview)
Diversity monitoring – Please complete this online 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.
Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gov.uk quoting reference PAT 160053 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 Simon Parsons at simon.parsons1@judicialconduct.gov.uk

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