Staffordshire & West Mercia Advisory Committee

Announced
Body: Staffordshire & West Mercia Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Staffordshire & West Mercia – sitting at Kidderminster, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham for Meetings and Interviews
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Candidates will not generally be reimbursed for the cost of travelling to and from interviews, or for any other expenses incurred in the process of pursuing their application.
Time Requirements: To attend meetings, usually two per year and to be able to undertake interviews throughout the year for the 3 campaigns held each year
Closing Date: 29/01/2020 12:00
Interviews: During February 2020 – date to be confirmed

Vacancy Description

Status and Functions of Advisory Committees

The Lord Chancellor’s advisory committees on justices of the peace are non-departmental public bodies which carry out functions on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice. The committees are classified as public authorities under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

To ensure a mix of judicial and non-judicial experience, advisory committees are composed of approximately two-thirds magistrates and one-third non-magistrate members.

From 1 May 2019, there shall be: Twenty-four advisory committees responsible for the recruitment of magistrates; and Seven regional advisory committees with responsibility for the conduct of magistrates;

The functions of recruitment advisory committees are to:

  • Recruit and recommend to the Senior Presiding Judge (exercising functions on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice) candidates for appointment to the magistracy;
  • Recruit and recruit and recommend to the Lord Chancellor, candidates for membership of the advisory committee;
  • Consider requests for review of decisions relating to recommendations for appointment; encourage applications to the magistracy and advisory committee membership from underrepresented groups;
  • consider and provide observations on the data gathered by the committee secretary as part of judicial resource exercises;

The functions of conduct advisory committees are to:

  • ensure that magistrates fulfil their obligations to sit and complete required training, and maintain the commitments given by signing the Declaration and Undertaking;
  • investigate allegations of misconduct by magistrates and make recommendations to the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor in accordance with the Judicial Conduct (Magistrates) Rules 2014 and Justice of the Peace Rules 2016;
  • consider decisions by the Family Training, Approvals, Authorisations and Appraisals Committee
  • (FTAAAC) and Justices’ Training Approvals, Authorisations and Appraisals Committee (JTAAAC) where a magistrate has failed to reach the required standard and to make any formal recommendation for removal to the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor in accordance with the Judicial Conduct (Magistrates) Rules 2014 and the Justice of the Peace Rules 2016;
  • manage post-appointment matters such as transfers across local justice areas, re-appointments and reactivations and consideration of matters relating to sittings and leave of absence requests referred to the committee by bench chairs;
  • maintain strategic oversight of sitting levels and leave of absence to ensure they are aware of issues that may impact upon future recruitment numbers

Person Specification

Qualities sought in members of the Lord Chancellor’s advisory committees and sub‑committees

  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy. Experience of interviewing is an advantage but is not essential
  • Good judge of character and ability: objectivity
  • Ability to articulate clear, well founded reason on the suitability or otherwise of candidates
  • Awareness of own prejudices and ability to set them aside
  • Discretion in handling confidential information
  • Understanding or willingness to acquire understanding of the needs of the bench
  • Willingness and ability to talk about the magistracy and to participate in recruitment events
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Commitment, dedication and enthusiasm

Willingness to undergo such training as may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Lord Chancellor.

How to Apply

To request an application form and accompanying documents please email swm.advisory@justice.gov.uk or contact the support team on 024 7648 2883, receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

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