Member of the Family Procedure Rule Committee

Body: Family Procedure Rule Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: The role is based in London at the Royal Court of Justice.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is offered without remuneration though travelling and reasonable expenses will be payable.
Time Requirements: Three years tenure. Time commitment: Nine meetings a year in addition to participation in sub-groups to progress work out of Committee.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/06/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role
The Family Procedure Rule Committee was set up in October 2004 to make Family Procedure Rules. The aim, to produce one set of simple and simply expressed rules of court for all family proceedings in the High Court and, as they were then known the county courts and magistrates’ courts. The Family Procedure Rules were made in 2010 and implemented in April 2011. The Rules and supporting Practice Direction will be maintained and developed to support new legislation and policy initiatives. A recent example of amendments to the rules was in April 2014 to support the creation of the Single-Family Court.
The Committee meets in London on a Monday on average once a month (excluding January, August and September). Meetings frequencies can however vary to accommodate the priorities of work coming before the Committee. Meetings generally last the morning and start at 10.30am. It is possible for meetings to last the full day and members would be expected to accommodate such meetings. Papers are circulated four days in advance of the meetings, to afford members the time to study the papers. The committee is supported by a dedicated secretariat who will provide an introduction information pack and support for all new members. The appointment will be for a period of three years subject to a satisfactory appraisal carried out after the first year of service and then annually under the guidance of the Office of The Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) and will commence July 2018. The post is offered without remuneration though travelling and reasonable expenses will be payable.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
• To be appointed and currently employed as a Justices’ Clerk
• The appropriate knowledge and experience of the appointment, in particular from the perspective of a justices’ clerk working in the Family Court.
• An understanding of how amendments to the Family Procedure Rules and Practice Directions will impact the magistracy and legal advisers
• Understanding and knowledge of the court processes and administrative procedures within the family jurisdiction
• Evidence of the ability to work in a committee and take an active and influential part in debate and to make time to serve on the Committee.
• Commitment to the simplification and reform of family justice procedures.
• Evidence of sound committee experience and inter-personal skills

Desirable Criteria
• Knowledge of and interest in the rule making process
• A good understanding and commitment to valuing diversity
• Familiarity of working with Government

• You must currently be employed as a Justices’ Clerk now known as Heads of Legal Operations / Justices’ Clerks (HOLO).

Additional Information

It will be important that a Member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest or anything which might cause embarrassment should you be appointed must be declared.

Public appointees are required to uphold the Board/Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Seven Principles of Public Life (see Appendix 1).

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EOI FORM - Final
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