Lay Members - Northumbria Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
Application deadline 26 May 2023
- 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 26 May 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
2 May 2023
11:59pm on 26 May 2023
16 June 2023
Interviews expected to end on
3 July 2023
About the role
The Northumbria Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates within Northumbria and for liaison with the Judicial Office.
- 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
- 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
Regulation of appointment
The qualities sought in members of Advisory Committees include: good interpersonal skills; good judgement 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;
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)
Application and selection process
Additional information for candidates
- 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;