Non-Magistrate Member for Recruitment Advisory Committee

Body: Recruitment Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Venues across London. Majority of interviews take place at City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 25
Remuneration: Non-remunerated. Members who incur a financial loss through attendance at meetings and other official committee business may claim an allowance equal to that loss. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be met.
Time Requirements: The time commitment can vary depending on the level of magistrate recruitment being undertaken each year, but as a general rule, we ask for a commitment of at least 10 days interviewing per year as well as a 2-day induction course and occasional meetings. Advisory Committee business generally takes place within normal business hours Monday to Friday. Appointments are for maximum 9 year term.
Closing Date: 31/01/2020 17:00

Vacancy Description

The London Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates within London and for liaison with the Judicial Office.

Volunteers are needed to sit as non-magistrate members on the Lord Chancellor’s Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for London. As a non-magistrate member of the committee you would be involved in sifting, interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates.

For further information please refer to “Applying to become a member of an advisory committee or sub-committee: notes for guidance” which can be found here

After two years’ appointment there may also be the opportunity to be appointed to the regional conduct panel looking into cases of alleged misconduct or lack of competence by magistrates, along with other matters affecting magistrates post-appointment.


Person Specification

The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills; good, objective judgment of character and ability; the ability to communicate effectively; awareness of their own personal prejudices and an ability to set them aside; discretion in handling confidential information; understanding or willingness to acquire understanding of the needs of local benches; willingness to talk about the magistracy and to participate in recruitment activities; the ability to work as a team member; commitment and enthusiasm; willingness to undergo such training as prescribed by the Lord Chancellor.

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 of recruiting new magistrates.

The Lord Chancellor will not appoint any person to serve on a Committee beyond their 70th birthday and anyone who has previously served a nine year term on an Advisory Committee will be ineligible to apply.

Additional Information

The London Advisory Committee is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency or process.


How to Apply

For an application form please email

Tel Number 0203 126 3390


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