Lay Member for Advisory Committee

Body: Greater Manchester Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Greater Manchester
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: These positions are voluntary, although travel expenses may be claimed.
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 twelve to fifteen days of interviewing (when recruitment campaigns are running). In addition, 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.
Closing Date: 31/03/2018 17:00
Interviews: May/June 2018

Vacancy Description

Volunteers are sought to sit as non-magistrate members on the Greater Manchester Advisory Committee. As non-magistrate members, successful applicants would be involved in interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates, amongst other duties (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 process.

Additional Information

Applicants must be available to undertake an initial two-day new member training course.

How to Apply

For an application form and guidance notes, please contact:

Legal Administration Support Team
3rd Floor
Manchester Magistrates’ Court
Crown Square
M60 1PR
Tel: 0161 830 4331

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