Non-Magistrate members of the Greater Manchester Advisory Committee

Body: The Greater Manchester Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Meetings are usually held at Manchester Magistrates’ Court but on occasions may meet at another Magistrates’ Court. During the current COVID 19 situation meetings and interviews are held utilising Microsoft Teams Interviews for these positions will be conducted using Microsoft Teams due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Unpaid – Such roles are voluntary although travel and subsistence may be claimed.
Time Requirements: Applicants must have time available to attend two committee meetings a year and be available to undertake a minimum of eight days (or more if possible) interviews days per year. New Committee Members are required to participate in mandatory training, which is currently one day with additional time for observing an interview. Details will be provided following appointment.
Closing Date: 30/11/2021 00:00
Interviews: December 2021 / Jan 2022. Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams

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: Magistrates (17) non-Magistrate members (10).

The Greater Manchester Advisory Committee are currently recruiting non-Magistrate members.

Full Description

  • All applicants must complete a standard application form.
  • References will be sought for non-magistrate applicants.
  • Advisory Committee Members 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 (but do not have to serve all that period).
  • Members are not normally appointed for a period that would extend beyond their 70th birthday.  

Person Specification

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.

How to Apply

The Greater Manchester 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.

Candidate pack and application forms are attached.

Alternatively, if you wish to request for an application pack please contact:

Greater Manchester Legal Admin Support Team

Manchester Magistrates’ Court

Crown Square, Manchester, M60 1PR

Tel: 0161 830 4331/4260


When completed, this should be sent to Alex Randall, MoJ Public Appointments Advisor:


Any questions on completing this template can be emailed to  Alternatively, you contact Alex Randall on 020 3334 5365.


Appendix 1B Part 2 (Application Form)
Appendix 1G (Declaration Register)
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