Non-Magistrate Member on the North Wales Advisory Committee

Announced
Body: Judicial Office
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: North Wales
Number of Vacancies: Three non-magistrate vacancies
Remuneration: Travel & Subsistance and Financial Loss allowance available
Time Requirements: Typically committees meet two/three times a year. 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
Closing Date: 07/01/2019
Interviews: 14th January 2019

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. Typically committees meet two/three times a year. 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. The work is interesting and rewarding (with normal expense allowances). It is a condition of the appointment that the successful applicant attends a 2-day training course. All proceedings of the Committee are confidential.

Person Specification

The key qualities required of members of the 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

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.

How to Apply

For further information or an application form, together with notes for guidance, please contact Sandra Barnes at the address below.

North Wales Advisory Committee

Cardiff Magistrates’ Court

Fitzalan Place

Cardiff

CF24 0RZ

Tel: 029 20 474351

Email: Sandra.barnes@justice.gov.uk

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