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Legal Member (Solicitor) and Lay Member

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Reference:3975 

Remuneration:£296 per day 

Location:Online currently, usually Edinburgh 

Closing date:03 September 2021 at midnight 

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland


Appointment of a Legal Member (Solicitor) and a Lay Member


The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) is an advisory body that plays a key role in ensuring an open and transparent selection process based on merit for specific judicial appointments. 


The Board’s aims are:



  • To attract applicants of the highest calibre, recognising the need to encourage diversity in the range of those available for selection, and

  • To recommend applicants for appointment to judicial office on merit through processes that are fair, transparent and command respect.


We are looking to appoint a Solicitor Member and a Lay Member to the Board. Lay Members must be resident in Scotland and must not be members, or former members, of the judiciary or practising advocates or solicitors in Scotland. Solicitor Members must be solicitors practising in Scotland.


Roles


Solicitors and Lay Members undertake the following tasks:



  • Attend monthly Board meetings, which currently take place on the third
    Monday of each month. Meetings can last for a half-day or a full day and
    normally start at 10.00am.

  • Participate in appointment exercises throughout the year in line with the Board’s programme of activity

  • Contribute to one or more of the Board’s working groups and undertake shorter term improvement projects

  • Join an annual workshop

  • Attend training including assessment and interview training

  • Attend engagements to promote the work of the Board including meetings with stakeholders and partners.


Legal Members - Solicitors


The Solicitor Member must be a solicitor practising as such in Scotland.


The role of the Legal Member is to participate in decision-making on the suitability of individual applicants for judicial appointment and contribute to the development of the board’s policies.


For each appointment exercise, the Legal Member will:



  • Contribute to the creation and execution of the appointment exercise

  • Assess application forms for applicants for judicial office against the board’s criteria for appointment (this is done independently, usually at home).

  • Contribute to the assessment of applicants’ knowledge of the law, or skills and competence in the interpretation and application of the law.

  • Attend meetings to select shortlisted applicants for interview and, later, to agree who to recommend for appointment.

  • Participate in interview panels.

  • Comment on draft reports and agree the final report to the First Minister.

  • Provide feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at sift or at interview.

  • Quality assure large scale appointment rounds.


Lay Member


The Lay Member must be resident in Scotland and must not be a member, or former member, of the judiciary or a practising advocate or solicitor in Scotland. You will have an ability to conduct people assessments at a senior level based on expertise in good practice in recruitment and selection. 


The role of a Lay Member isto participate in decision-making on the suitability of individual applicants for judicial appointment and contribute to the development of the board’s policies.


All members of the board play a part in the overall assessment of candidates. However, only judicial and legal members take part in any assessment of an applicant’s knowledge of the law, or skills and competence in the interpretation and application of the law.


For each appointment exercise, the Lay Member will:



  • Contribute to the creation and execution of the appointment exercise.

  • Assess application forms for applicants for judicial office against the board’s criteria for appointment (this is done independently, usually at home).

  • Attend meetings to select shortlisted applicants for interview and, later, to agree who to recommend for appointment.

  • Participate in interview panels.

  • Comment on draft reports and agree the final report to the First Minister.

  • Provide feedback to applicants who care unsuccessful at sift or at interview.

  • Quality assure large scale appointment rounds.


Remuneration:  The current fee is £296 per day.  Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.


Time commitment:  Members will be expected to devote up to 40 days per year but may vary year on year and within any year.  The number and nature of recruitment exercises varies but, typically an appointment round involves sifting applications at home for perhaps two weeks within a four week period, a couple of days on planning and preparation and a week or so of interviewing.  There are short periods of intense work but not everybody on the board is heavily involved in each appointment round.  However, all board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings and an annual workshop.  Board members also participate in audit or quality assurance and other working groups and contribute to improvement projects.  In addition, board members may be invited to attend engagements with key stakeholders. 


Period of Appointment: The term of appointment will be for up to 4 years.  There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and having regard to the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience required by the Board at the time.  Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.


Closing date for applications is 3 September 2021.  For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

An application pack can be found below. If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please contact us by telephone on 0300 244 1898 or email pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please Telephone 0300 244 1898 or public.appointments@gov.scot.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented as Chairs on the boards of Public Bodies, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.


Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Please see the applicants’ pack for further information.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online via the link below.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing Public.appointments@gov.scot

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack
  2. FAQs