Public appointees needed for the Lay Observers
|Appointing Department:||Ministry of Justice|
|Location:||Yorkshire (Leeds, Sheffield, York), North West England (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston), Newcastle, Sunderland, East Midlands (Leicester, Northampton), East Anglia (Suffolk, Essex), Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent), Thames Valley (High Wycombe, Reading), Bristol, Cardiff.|
|Number of Vacancies:||30 vacancies|
|Remuneration:||Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.|
|Time Requirements:||Approx. 2 to 3 half day visits per month, with some flexibility to choose when visits are made.|
Closed for Applications
05/05/2021 at 00:00
Final Interview Date
We are currently recruiting new members to join the Lay Observers to undertake this statutory role that inspects the treatment received by detained persons in court custody suites and escort vehicles.
Lay Observers report on whether or not detainees are treated with decency and respect and their welfare is appropriately managed.
Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support.
Candidates must be over 18 years of age.
We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.
Lay Observers (LOs) are an important part of the justice system. Appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice, LOs visit courts to confirm that detained persons are being treated with decency and respect.
They also visit prisons to observe the handover of detained persons to also monitor their welfare during transport.
We welcome applications from people over 18 from all walks of life and your background can be as a student, a person of working age, or retired.
We would especially welcome candidates who are black, Asian, or from an ethnic minority background, as a diverse group strengthens the work we do.
This is a rare opportunity to get involved in a role that is challenging, educational, rewarding, and crucial to the justice system.
Please click on https://layobservers.org/ to find out how becoming a Lay Observer can benefit you and make a real difference to people’s lives. You can view a short video giving more details about the role.
How to Apply
An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from https://layobservers.org/how-to-apply/.
Reference Number: LO/Apr/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)Return to Search