Two Non-Judicial Members for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales

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Body: Sentencing Council for England and Wales
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Prison & Policing
Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom, however travel to London will be required for meetings.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £12,000 P.A for a commitment of at least 36 days a year (please note, this is not payable for those who receive payment from the public purse)
Time Requirements: Up to three days per month, ten of these days to attend Council meetings which will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    24/10/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    21/11/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    26/11/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    10/12/2018

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of a Committee Member is to:

o   Members will be expected to play an active role on the Sentencing Council and to;

o   Deal with complex issues concerning the approach to sentencing and the guidance to be issued to courts. This may be guidance for sentencing particular types of offences (for example, arson, public order or terrorism offences) or for crosscutting issues (for example, the significance of previous convictions, or guidance on sentencing domestic abuse offences).

o   Members will also need to contribute to discussion about the identification and analysis of relevant research and data.

o   Members are expected to make a positive contribution to the efficient and effective delivery of the Council’s statutory functions and the priorities identified in its business plans and to support the Chair.

o   Members will have reached a senior level in their particular area, will have a high level of credibility with their peers and will be able to demonstrate both that they have a sound knowledge of issues relevant to the work of the Council and that they have the capacity to develop that understanding further quickly and effectively.

o   Members with professional skills or experience in governance; analysis and research methodologies; or communications, confidence and media relations may be expected to attend and participate in one or more of the sub-groups of the Council which focus on these issues.

 

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Victims Role:

o   Knowledge or understanding of the criminal justice sector, specifically through current active involvement in the field of the promotion of the welfare of victims of crime;  

o   A demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity and the ability to be objective and open minded;

o   Have a good understanding of both what sentencing is designed to achieve and the issues relating to the impact and cost effectiveness of sentences available, as well as consistency in sentencing;

o   The ability to serve in a personal capacity, drawing on your knowledge and skills, and not as a representative of a particular professional association or viewpoint, and be able and willing to work as part of a team under the general direction of the Chair, as well as supporting the Chair and;

o   Possess the ability to retain the confidence of the Sentencing Council Chair, Ministers, Parliament, the judiciary, other professional bodies in the criminal justice system and the public.

 

Police Role:

o   Experience or understanding of the criminal justice sector, specifically as a senior police officer

o   A demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity, the ability to be objective and open minded, have a good understanding of what sentencing is designed to achieve and of the impact and cost effectiveness of sentences available; and

o   The ability to serve in a personal capacity, drawing on your knowledge and experience, and not as a representative of particular professional associations or viewpoints, and be able and willing to work as part of a team under the general direction of the Chair, as well as supporting the Chair;

o   Credibility and personal authority, such as to command the confidence of the Sentencing Council Chair, Ministers, Parliament, the judiciary, other professional bodies in the criminal justice system and the public.

 

*Please note, we expect that a senior police officer covers the following ranks:

o   Chief Constable/Commander

o   Deputy Chief Constable/Deputy Assistant Commissioner

o   Assistant Chief Constable/Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis/Commissioner of the City of London Police

o   Chief Superintendent/Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

 

o   The appointment will run for an initial three years.

o   Given the seniority and experience of the judicial members on the Council, the profile and importance of the Council’s work, and for members to be properly informed and command the confidence of the public and all those working across the CJS, the Council looks for its non-judicial roles to be filled by people who are senior and/or experienced in their fields.

Attachments
Supporting Documents
Sentencing Council Candidate Information Pack 2018
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