Non Magistrate members of the Cheshire & Merseyside Advisory Committees

Body: The Ministry of Justice – Lord Chancellors Department
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Meetings are usually held at the QEII Law Courts in Liverpool and on occasion at Chester Magistrates’ Court and Warrington Magistrates’ Court. Interviews are held at the QEII Law Courts, Liverpool.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Roles are voluntary although travel and subsistence can be claimed
Time Requirements: Applicants must have time available to attend four committee meetings a year and be available to undertake a minimum of eight days of interviews per year. New Committee Members are required to participate in mandatory training, which is currently two consecutive days. Details will be provided following appointment.
Closing Date: 28/02/2020 12:00
Interviews: March-April 2020. Interviews will be held at the QEII Law Courts, Liverpool.

Vacancy Description

The Advisory Committees for Magistrates’ Courts deal with the recruitment and recommendation for appointment of Magistrates within their areas.

The Advisory Committee consists of twenty seven members: two thirds are Magistrates (18) and one third non Magistrate members (9).

The Cheshire and Merseyside Advisory Committee are currently recruiting Magistrate and non-Magistrate panel members.

Person Specification

  • All applicants must complete a standard application form.
  • References will be sought for non-magistrate applicants.
  • Advisory Committee Members will conduct all interviews.
  • The Panel will make its recommendations directly to the Lord Chancellor.
  • Members of the Advisory Committees will normally be appointed for a nine year term of office.

Members are not normally appointed for a period that would extend beyond their 70th birthday.


Successful candidates will have good interpersonal skills and good judgement of character and will possess the ability to interview candidates for the Magistracy.


Experience of the following is desirable, but not essential:

  • Interviewing candidates in an employment context or for other public appointments/voluntary roles.
  •  Working with disciplinary/investigatory procedures.

Additional Information

Travel :

Travel may be required to assist other Advisory Committees.

How to Apply

The Cheshire and Merseyside Advisory Committee are 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 of process.

If you wish to request an application pack please contact:

Cheshire-Merseyside Legal Admin Team

Cluster Support Office

Ground Floor, QEII Law Courts,

Derby Square, Liverpool L2 1XA


 If you have any queries please telephone:

0151 471 1081

[Monday-Friday between 8.00am-2.00pm]


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