- Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace
- Sponsor department
- Ministry of Justice
- North East
- Judicial, Prisons & Policing
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- Length of term
- 9 years
- Application deadline
- 11:59pm on 20 October 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
25 September 2023
11:59pm on 20 October 2023
27 October 2023
Interviews expected to end on
30 October 2023
About the role
The Cleveland, Durham & Darlington Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates within Cleveland, Durham & Darlington and for liaison with the Judicial Office.
Volunteers are needed to sit as lay members on the Lord Chancellor’s Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for Cleveland, Durham & Darlington. As a lay member of the committee you would be involved in interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates.
Key Functions of the Recruitment Advisory Committee
- Recruit and recommend, to the Senior Presiding Judge, candidates for appointment to the Magistracy
- Encourage applications to the Magistracy and Advisory Committee membership from under-represented groups
Other functions of the Recruitment Advisory Committee
- 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
(For further information please refer to “Applying to become a member of an advisory committee or sub-committee: notes for guidance” which can be found here https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/advisory-committees-justices-peace/).
Regulation of appointment
The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills; good judgment of character and ability; the ability to articulate clear, well founded reason on the suitability or otherwise of candidates; awareness of their own personal prejudices and an ability to set them aside; discretion in handling confidential information; the ability to work as a team member; commitment, dedication and enthusiasm; willingness to undergo such training as the Lord Chancellor may, from time to time, prescribe; understanding or willingness to acquire understanding of the local bench; willingness to talk about the magistracy and to participate in recruitment activities;
Members also need to be able to participate in interviewing candidates for the magistracy and therefore experience of interviewing is an advantage, but not essential.
Lay members of Advisory Committees bring a valuable external influence to the processes;
The Lord Chancellor will not appoint a person to serve on a committee beyond their 75th birthday.
Total appointment to a maximum of 9 years. (Previous members of Advisory Committees who have already served a nine-year term are ineligible to apply)
The annual time commitment required can vary depending on the level of magistrate recruitment the committee is undertaking each year, but as a general guide this may involve between ten to twenty days of interviewing, the vast majority of which are held remotely via Microsoft Teams. In any event the Committee usually holds an average of two full meetings a year and members may also be required to attend training sessions from time to time. Meetings, interviews, and training events are generally held within normal business hours Monday to Friday.
Non-remunerated. Members who incur a financial loss through attendance at meetings and other official committee business may claim an allowance equal to that loss. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be met.
Interviews for these vacancies will take place in November and will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend two days of training held remotely via Microsoft Teams. Dates to be advised.
Successful applicants must attend this training to join the Advisory Committee.
Application and selection process
Additional information for candidates
We encourage applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and across the whole of the United Kingdom. Boards of public bodies are most effective when they reflect the diversity of views of the society they serve and this is an important part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We collect data about applicants’ characteristics and backgrounds, including information about people’s educational and professional backgrounds, so that we can make sure we are attracting a broad range of people to these roles and that our selection processes are fair for everyone. Without this information, it makes it difficult to see if our outreach is working, if the application process is having an unfair impact on certain groups and whether changes are making a positive difference.
When you submit your application, your responses are collected by the Cabinet Office and the government department(s) managing your application. The data is used to produce management information about the diversity of applicants. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel who review applications against the advertised criteria and conduct interviews.
- ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
- making adaptations to interview locations;
- allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
- giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
- allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
- making provision for support animals to attend.
- Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
- Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
- Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
- Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
- Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
- Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
- Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
- any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government;
- any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or public statements that you have made;
- and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported;
- which may call into question your ability to do the role you are applying for.