PAT 160062: Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission

Body: Judicial Appointments Commission
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £577 per day
Time Requirements: Two days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/09/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Justice Select Committee pre-appointment scrutiny hearing held on 6 December 2022


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • Uphold the principles of judicial independence and the recruitment, on merit, of a high-calibre, diverse judiciary on the basis of fair and open competition;
  • Lead, manage, motivate, and appraise Commissioners;
  • Oversee the implementation of the Commission’s strategy and priorities;
  • Develop and maintain an effective partnership with the Chief Executive to ensure the delivery of the Commission’s strategy and priorities including a high volume of judicial appointment recruitment exercises;
  • Establish strong and constructive working relationships with the judiciary, the Lord Chancellor, Parliament, senior civil servants, the legal profession and other key stakeholders;
  • Sit on selection panels for the most senior and/or sensitive appointments alongside other Commissioners;
  • Be the public face of the Commission, promoting and acting as an ambassador for its work and the rule of law; playing a leading role in cooperation with the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor and other partners, including the Judicial Diversity Forum, in securing a more diverse judiciary;
  • Support the recruitment, by the Ministry of Justice, of Commissioners and to ensure that each is fully inducted and appraised.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Personal integrity, sound judgement, discretion, strong communication skills and a personal style that demonstrates authority, trust and humility;
  • An appreciation of the importance of the judiciary, its constitutional position, relationship with other branches of Government, and independence and that of the JAC;
  • A commitment to recruitment on merit and on the basis of fair and open competition, working with the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor as each discharges their statutory duty to encourage judicial diversity;
  • The ability to chair Boards and effectively handle the relationship between the Board and the Executive, including experience of working within significant budgetary constraints to deliver value for money;
  • Outstanding leadership skills and experience to sustain and develop effective relationships, manage due corporate governance aspects and guide the Commission through challenges;
  • The ability to provide proportionate and practical solutions which withstand public scrutiny;
  • Substantial current understanding and/or experience of making senior appointments including an appreciation of the need for diversity, whilst maintaining merit, alongside the value of outreach and technology; and
  • Experience or understanding or working with Government.


Desirable criteria

  • Experience of dealing effectively with the media
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