Legally qualified members of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee PAT150096

Body: Civil Procedure Rule Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The role is unremunerated, but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including travel) will be payable. Travel and subsistence allowances may be payable on the same basis as that applicable to civil servants where the post holder is required to travel to other locations or stay overnight in the course of their duties.
Time Requirements: Nine committee meetings yearly plus additional sub-committee meetings


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 15/10/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/04/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    15/10/2020 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Members of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this body.  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 Ministry of Justice or by the Lord Chancellor.

•           Ensure that its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged; agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least one meeting a year in public.

•           Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the Ministry of Justice. 

•           Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.

Communications between the Committee and the Lord Chancellor will generally be through the Chair.  Nevertheless, any Committee member has the right of access to Ministers on any matter which he or she believes raises important issues relating to his or her duties as a Committee member.  In such cases the agreement of the rest of the Committee should normally be sought.

From time to time issues of a confidential nature may arise during Committee work.  The duty of confidentiality obliges members to respect the confidentiality of such work. Confidential information that members obtain during the course of membership of the Committee must not be used for the benefit of own or others

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Interest in the broad field of law concerning civil courts and rule making process
  • Commitment to reflecting the needs of end users in that process
  • Evidence of committee working and relevant inter-personal skills
  • Ability to deal confidently with legal specialists – judiciary and lawyers

Desirable Criteria

•           A commitment to valuing diversity

Additional Information

This appointment is open to British or Commonwealth citizens, British Dependent Territories citizens, British Nationals (Overseas) citizens, British protected persons, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, European Economic Area (EEA) nationals or to those of other member states, and to certain non-EEA family members. Applicants must have rights of residence in the UK.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the CivilPRC 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 compromise that independence – or perception of independence – as well as diminishing the confidence of stakeholders and the general public.

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 or mitigated. 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 to the CivilPRC.

Legally qualified members must hold the necessary professional qualification as provided at section 2, subsection 2(e) of the Civil Procedure Act 1997, where eligible candidates must have a Senior Courts qualification (within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990).

How to Apply

Send the following documents:
o A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4
o A supporting statement that evidences how you meet all the criteria, in no more than two sides of A4
o Declarations of interest form;
o Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o Please complete the diversity monitoring form in the link below

Complete applications should be sent to:,receipt of applications will be acknowledged. For all correspondence please use reference: PAT150096

Please note that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current restrictions on gatherings, travel, and the recommended social distancing advice will influence the recruitment process and timetable. Ministers are still making public appointments; however, the COVID-19 pandemic will also impact on their time. Therefore, flexibility regarding the process and timetable will be required. Candidates will be updated whenever and wherever there are changes to the process and/or timetable.

Candidate Infomation Pack PAT150096 1.4.20
Declarations of interest PAT 150096
Reference request form PAT150096
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