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VACANCY: BARRISTER MEMBER FOR JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION (JAC) ADVISORY GROUP (ONE POSITION)

TERM: c.3-year term (commencing immediately until 31 December 2022), possibility of re-appointment to a second term

The Bar Council is looking to nominate a barrister to join the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group.

About Judicial Appointments Commission

The Commission comprises 15 Commissioners who are responsible for ensuring that the JAC fulfils its role, achieves its aims and objectives, and promotes the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources. The Chairman of the Commission meets regularly with partners including the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals, and the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman. More information about the JAC can be found here:
https://www.judicialappointments.gov.uk/organisation

Judicial Appointments Commission’s Advisory Group

The JAC's Advisory Group includes judges and practitioners from a range of backgrounds. The Group reviews the JAC’s test and selection materials before they are used and meets every 6 weeks throughout the year.

In summary, the purpose of the JAC Advisory Group is to work with the JAC and drafting judges to:
• provide advice on, and work collaboratively to develop material associated with JAC selection exercises and
• where appropriate provide comments on JAC policy matters

About the role of JAC Advisory Member

The members normally meet 8 times in a year, all on Tuesday afternoons between 3-5pm in London, with occasional matters dealt with out-of-committee. An induction process will be arranged with the successful candidate.

Members are responsible for:

• providing advice on selection exercises at the planning stages and contributing ideas towards the development of assessment materials.
• working with drafting judges on the development of materials, with oversight by JAC.
• deciding whether material is fit for purpose, non-discriminatory, and provides an equal opportunity to all eligible candidates.
 
The Committee dates are 28 January 2020, 10 March 2020, 28 April 2020, 9 June 2020, 21 July 2020, 8 September 2020, 20 October 2020 and 15 December 2020.
 
The position is not remunerated.

Knowledge and experience

Applicants should ideally have a good understanding of the Judiciary, knowledge and experience of JAC processes, diversity, recruitment and selection criteria and working as a lay member of the committee. It is also essential that candidates can demonstrate strong analytical skills.

Applications will be presented to the General Management Committee of the Bar Council who are responsible for selecting the successful candidate based on merit.

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short written statement stating their suitability for the role and describing their skills and experience, to: Miss Amaka Rapu, Committee Governance Officer arapu@barcouncil.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 28 February 2020.  Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible.