Lay Member for Advisory Committee

Body: Dorset Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and Lord chief Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: 2 vacancies in Dorset
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The time commitment required can vary depending on the level of magistrate recruitment the committee is undertaking. As a general guide this may involve up to ten days of interviewing (when recruitment campaigns are running). In the event the Committee usually holds up to four meetings a year and members may also be required to attend training sessions from time to time. Meetings, interviews and training events are all usually held within normal business hours Monday to Friday.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

A total of 2 volunteers are sought to sit as non-magistrate members on the Advisory Committee for Dorset. As a non-magistrate member these people would be involved in interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates and monitoring the number of court sittings undertaken by existing magistrates. (For further information please refer to “Applying to become a member of an advisory committee or sub-committee: notes for guidance” available from the e-mail address below).

Person Specification

The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills; good judgement of character and ability; the ability to articulate clear, well founded reason on the suitability or otherwise of candidates; awareness of their own personal prejudices and an ability to set them aside; discretion in handling confidential information; the ability to work as a team member; commitment, dedication and enthusiasm; and willingness to undergo training from time to time. Members also need to be able to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy and therefore experience of interviewing is an advantage, but not essential. Non-magistrate members of Advisory Committees bring a valuable external influence to the processes.

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