The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Advisory Committee is 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 or process.
- Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace
- Sponsor department
- Ministry of Justice
- East Midlands
- Judicial, Prisons & Policing
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- Length of term
- 9 Years
- Application deadline
- Midday on 30 June 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
1 June 2023
Midday on 30 June 2023
Interviews expected to end on
15 August 2023
About the role
The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 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 Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. As a lay member of the committee you would be involved in interviewing and selecting prospective new magistrates. (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/).After two years’ appointment there may also be the opportunity to be appointed to the regional conduct panel looking into cases of alleged misconduct or lack of competence by magistrates, along with other matters affecting magistrates post-appointment.
The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Recruitment Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace is responsible for the recruitment and selection of magistrates within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and for liaison with the Judicial Office.
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;
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
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.
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. 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 late August 2023.
"Candidates will need to be aware that, in accordance with the Lord Chancellor’s Directions for Advisory Committees, interviews for the magistracy conducted by the Committee are normally held over Microsoft Teams. Many of the Committee meetings are also held online."
Application and selection process
Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.
The assessment process
Applicants are required to provide contact information for two people who willing to provide a reference.
Subject to references being provided within the deadline date, applicants will be offered an interview.
Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be formally notified of their appointment once approved by the Lord Chancellor.
In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.
There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.
The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards.
You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:
you are disqualified from acting as a company director (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);
have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;
your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.
When you apply, you should declare if:
you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this.
you are subject to a current police investigation.
You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points.When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)
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;