Non-Magistrate member Judicial Office - North Wales

Body: Judicial Office
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: North Wales
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Travel and Subsistence Available
Time Requirements: Typically committees meet two/three times a year.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The role of the non-Magistrate member is to act as an ‘independent assessor’ on appointment panels.  This would include drawing attention to any concerns he or she has that an appointments panel might not be acting in accordance with the Lord Chancellor’s Directions in recommending candidates for appointment.

Person Specification

Committees are responsible for the recruitment, interviewing and selection of candidates to be recommended to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice for appointment as a magistrate.

The key qualities required of members of the sub-committee include:

  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy.  Experience of interviewing is an advantage but not essential.
  • Good judge of character and ability; objectivity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Awareness of own prejudices and ability to set them aside.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Understanding of the needs of the Bench(es).
  • Willingness and ability to talk about the magistracy and to participate in recruitment events.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Willingness to undergo training as prescribed by the Lord Chancellor.

Additional Information

Time Requirements:

Members will also be called upon to interview applicants for appointment as lay justices. The number of interviews will vary but will usually be spread over several weeks and may involve a number of days interviewing.  It is a condition of the appointment that the successful applicant attends a 2-day training course. All proceedings of the Committee are confidential.

Members serve a minimum of 3 years and up to a maximum of 9 years. Members are not normally appointed for a period which would extend beyond their seventieth birthday.

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