Solicitor member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee

Body: Civil Procedure Rule Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role is unremunerated, but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including travel) will be payable. Travel and subsistence allowances may be payable on the same basis as that applicable to civil servants where the post holder is required to travel to other locations or stay overnight in the course of their duties.
Time Requirements: 9 committee meetings yearly plus additional sub-committee meetings


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Solicitor member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee

Date: 09/06/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/10/2019 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    09/06/2020 at 11:00

Exact announcement date to be confirmed closer to the time.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Members of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this body. They must:
• Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice or by the Lord Chancellor.
• Ensure that its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged; agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least one meeting a year in public.
• Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the Ministry of Justice.
• Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.
Communications between the Committee and the Lord Chancellor will generally be through the Chair. Nevertheless, any Committee member has the right of access to Ministers on any matter which he or she believes raises important issues relating to his or her duties as a Committee member. In such cases the agreement of the rest of the Committee should normally be sought.
From time to time issues of a confidential nature may arise during Committee work. The duty of confidentiality obliges members to respect the confidentiality of such work. Confidential information that members obtain during the course of membership of the Committee must not be used for the benefit of own or others use.

Person Specification

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
• Interest in the broad field of law concerning civil courts and rule making process
• Commitment to reflecting the needs of end users in that process
• Evidence of committee working and relevant inter-personal skills
• Ability to deal confidently with legal specialists – judiciary and lawyers
• A commitment to valuing diversity

Additional Information

This appointment is open to British or Commonwealth citizens, British Dependent Territories citizens, British Nationals (Overseas) citizens, British protected persons, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, European Economic Area (EEA) nationals or to those of other member states, and to certain non-EEA family members. Applicants must have rights of residence in the UK.

Civil servants are not eligible to apply.

Solicitor members must hold the necessary professional qualification as provided at paragraph 2, subsection 2(f) of the Civil Procedure Act 1997, where eligible candidates are authorised by a relevant approved regulator to conduct litigation in relation to all proceedings in the Senior Courts.

How to Apply

Send the following documents:
o A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4
o A supporting statement that evidences how you meet all the criteria, in no more than two sides of A4
o Declaration of interests form;
o Previous or current public appointments;
o Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o Political activity declaration form;
o Equal opportunities monitoring form, and the
o Guaranteed interview scheme declaration, if relevant.

Complete applications should be sent to: ,receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

150080 - Annex A - Candidate Infomation Pack 04.09.19
150080 - Appendix 3a - conflict of interest 16.8.19
150080 - Appendix 3b - reference request form 16.08.19
150080 - Appendix 3c - diversity monitoring form 16.08.19
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