Regional Voluntary Justice Appointments (Archive)

Non Magistrate members of the Cheshire & Merseyside Advisory Committees

The Ministry of Justice – Lord Chancellors Department
Appointing Department
Ministry of Justice
Meetings are usually held at the QEII Law Courts in Liverpool and on occasion at Chester Magistrates’ Court and Warrington Magistrates’ Court.
Skills required
Number of Vacancies
unpaid – Such roles are voluntary although travel and subsistence can be claimed.
Time Requirements
Applicants must have time available to attend four committee meetings a year and be available to undertake a minimum of eight days of interviews per year. New Committee Members are required to participate in mandatory training, which is currently two consecutive days. Details will be provided following appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications


  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Advisory Committees for Magistrates’ Courts deal with the recruitment and recommendation for appointment of Magistrates within their areas.

The Advisory Committee consists of twenty two members: two thirds are Magistrates (14) and one third non Magistrate members (8).

The Cheshire and Merseyside Advisory Committee are currently recruiting Magistrate and non-Magistrate panel members.

  • All applicants must complete a standard application form.
  • References will be sought for non-magistrate applicants.
  • Advisory Committee Members will conduct all interviews.
  • The Panel will make its recommendations directly to the Lord Chancellor.
  • Members of the Advisory Committees will normally be appointed for a nine year term of office.
  • Members are not normally appointed for a period that would extend beyond their 70th birthday.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have good interpersonal skills and good judgement of character and will possess the ability to interview candidates for the Magistracy.

Experience of the following is desirable, but not essential:

  • Interviewing candidates in an employment context or for other public appointments/voluntary roles.
  • Working with disciplinary/investigatory procedures.

How to Apply

The Cheshire and Merseyside Advisory Committee are committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

If you wish to request an application pack please contact:

Cheshire-Merseyside Legal Admin Team

Cluster Support Office

Ground Floor, QEII Law Courts,

Derby Square, Liverpool L2 1XA


If you have any queries please telephone:

0151 471 1081

When completed, this should be sent to Alex Randall, MoJ Public Appointments Advisor:

Any questions on completing this template can be emailed to  Alternatively, you contact Alex Randall on 020 3334 5365.