Lay Members for Recruitment Advisory Committee

Body: Devon, Cornwall and Dorset Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Locations across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 10
Remuneration: Non-remunerated. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The time commitment required can vary depending on the level of magistrate recruitment being undertaken each year, but as a general rule, may involve approximately five days interviewing, two meetings per year and a two day induction course. All of these are generally held within normal business hours Monday to Friday.
Closing Date: 15/03/2019 16:00
Interviews: It is anticipated that interviews will take place in April 2019.

Vacancy Description

The Devon, Cornwall and Dorset Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

Members of advisory committees have collective responsibility for the operation of the committee. They must engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice. Ensure that the code of practice on access to government information (including prompt responses to public requests for information) is adhered to. Respond appropriately to complaints and ensure that the advisory committee does not exceed its power or functions.

Person Specification

The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills, ability to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy. Experience of interviewing is an advantage but is not essential. Good judge of character and ability: objectivity, ability to articulate clear, well founded reasons on the suitability or otherwise of candidates, an awareness of own prejudices and an ability to set them aside, discretion in handling confidential information, understanding or willingness to acquire understanding of the needs of the Benches, willingness and ability to talk about the magistracy and participate in recruitment events, ability to work as a team member, commitment, dedication and enthusiasm, a willingness to undergo training.

Additional Information

Interviews of new magistrates – it is usual for each member of the Committee to attend as part of an interviewing panel.

How to Apply

Please e-mail or telephone on 02392 857925 for an application form and further details.

Completed application forms should be posted to:

Pauline Gunter, Legal Admin Team Leader, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DQ.

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