Legally qualified Chairs to serve on Police Officer Misconduct Hearing Panels

Body: Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Police
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Candidates are required to be resident of Avon and Somerset
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: Fees and expenses are based on current Home Office Appeal Tribunal rates and the fees are as follows: £366 per full day sitting i.e. of more than 4 hours (excluding meal breaks); £181 per half day sitting of 4 hours or less (excluding meal breaks); These fees may be claimed for all Misconduct Hearing Panel meetings. A fee may be claimed at the rate of £52.50 for each hour necessarily spent in preparatory work or report writing. This fee may, however, only be claimed where it is necessary for the work to be undertaken on a day other than the day on which the hearing sitting takes place, (except that a fee may be claimed even in these circumstances if the hearing fee is paid at the half-day rate).
Time Requirements: An initial fixed term of four years with the opportunity by mutual agreement to extend for a further four year fixed term

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    21/06/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    21/08/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    29/08/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    06/09/2019

  • Announcement

    TBC

Vacancy Description

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset is seeking to recruit 6 legally qualified Chairs to preside over police officer misconduct hearings for the Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Misconduct Hearing Panels preside over serious misconduct cases in what is an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police.

Applications will be sought from qualified lawyers who can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to issues presented.

To apply you will have to complete security checks to ensure that you are suitable for appointment. You must satisfy the judicial appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis as set out in section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Applicants are required to be resident in Avon & Somerset.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the competencies required for the role of Chair.

Essential criteria
Experience of chairing legal proceedings or similar and the ability to exercise control over proceedings;  Experience of having appeared regularly before courts of law or tribunals as an advocate;  Knowledge of police disciplinary legislative framework, case law and underlying principles;  Experience of evaluating evidence, or information and making objective, unbiased, thoughtful decisions;  Experience of report writing, writing deliberations or case notes; Excellent communication skills.

Desirable criteria
Experience of/familiarity with the Police Conduct Regulations.
Please click on the link below for further details.
https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Legally-Qualified-Chairs.aspx

Additional Information

Qualification and Training Required: Candidates must satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5 year basis. See Appendix 1.

How to Apply

We are proud to be committed to equal opportunities and welcome qualified applications. To download an application pack please visit https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Legally-Qualified-Chairs.aspx or contact the office on 01278 646188.

Closing date for the application is: 12 noon 21 August 2019

Date for selection day: 6 September 2019

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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