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									Family Procedure Rule Committee – 2011 Recruitment Campaign –Candidate Pack




Candidate Information Pack

Solicitor member (Reference: FPRC2011SOL) and a Justices’ Clerk member
(Reference FPRC2011JC) of the Family Procedure Rule Committee.

Closing Date for Posts: Noon Monday 19 September 2011



Applications should be sent to: publicappointmentsteam@justice.gsi.gov.uk

And/or send a hard copy to:

Alex Randall
Ministry of Justice
Public Appointments Advisor
ALB Governance Division
3rd Floor 3.18
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

Tel. 0203 334 5365


Alternative format versions of this candidate information pack are available on
request from: publicappointmentsteam@justice.gsi.gov.uk.




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Contents:                                                         Page

Provisional Timetable for Campaign………………………………………………3

Background…………………………………………………………………………..3

Duties………………………………………………………………………………….3

Solicitor Member Essential and Desirable Criteria……..………….……………..3

Justices’ Clerk Essential and Desirable Criteria…..……………….……………..4

Family Procedure Rule Committee Code of Practice for Members…………….4

How to apply………………………………………………………………………….7

Selection Process……………………………………………………………………9

Complaints Process…………………………………………………………………10

Appendix A – Code of Conduct……………….…………………………………….11




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Provisional Timetable for Campaign

Advert Date: 4 August 2011
Closing Date: Noon Monday 19 September 2011
Interviews to be held: October 2011 (dates to be confirmed)
Appointment start date: November 2011

Background

The Family Procedure Rule Committee was set up in October 2004 to make Family
Procedure Rules. Their aim was to follow the example set up by the Civil Procedure
Rules 1998, and produce one set of simple and simply expressed rules of court for all
family proceedings in the High Court, county courts and magistrates’ courts. The
Family Procedure Rules were made in 2010 and implemented in April 2011. The
rules will need to be maintained and developed to support new legislation and policy
initiatives.

Duties
The Committee meets in London on a Monday on average once a month (excluding
January, August and September). Meetings frequencies can however vary to
accommodate the priorities of work coming before the Committee. Meetings last for
most of the day and start at 10.30. Papers are circulated two weekends in advance of
the meetings, to afford members the time to study the papers; the committee is
supported by a dedicated secretariat who will provide induction and support for all
new members. The appointment will be for a period of three years subject to a
satisfactory appraisal carried out after the first year of service and then annually
under the guidance of the Office of The Commissioner for Public Appointments
(OCPA) and will commence on 1 November 2011. The post is offered without
remuneration though travelling and reasonable expenses will be payable.

Solicitor member* – Essential Criteria
      The appropriate knowledge and experience for the appointment, in particular
       from the perspective of a solicitor practising in family cases in a magistrates’
       court.
      Evidence of the ability to work in a committee and take an active and
       influential part in debate and to make time to serve on the Committee.
      Commitment to the simplification and reform of family justice procedures.
      Evidence of sound committee experience and inter-personal skills


Solicitor member – Desirable Criteria
      Knowledge of and interest in the rule making process
      Familiarity and knowledge of the court processes and administrative
       procedures within the family jurisdiction
      A good understanding and commitment to valuing diversity


* The appointment is not restricted to solicitors but it must be someone who has been
authorised by a relevant approved regulator to conduct litigation in relation to all
proceedings in the Senior Courts and has particular experience of family practice in
magistrates’ courts.



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Justices’ Clerk member – Essential Criteria
      The appropriate knowledge and experience of the appointment, in particular
       from the perspective of a justices’ clerk working in a magistrates’ court.
      Evidence of the ability to work in a committee and take an active and
       influential part in debate and to make time to serve on the Committee.
      Commitment to the simplification and reform of family justice procedures.
      Evidence of sound committee experience and inter-personal skills


Justices’ Clerk member – Desirable Criteria
      Knowledge of and interest in the rule making process
      Familiarity and knowledge of the court processes and administrative
       procedures within the family jurisdiction
      A good understanding and commitment to valuing diversity



Code of Practice for Committee Members

Public Service Values

The members of the Family Procedure Rule Committee, an advisory non-
departmental public body, must at all times:

      Observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in
       relation to the advice they provide and the management of this public body;

      Be accountable to Parliament and the public more generally for its activities
       and for the standard of advice it provides; and

      In accordance with Government policy on openness, comply fully with the
       Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.


Standards in Public Life

All Committee members must:

      Follow the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on
       Standards in Public Life (Annex A);

      Comply with this Code, and ensure they understand their duties, rights and
       responsibilities. They must be familiar with the function and role of the
       Committee and any relevant statements of Government policy. New
       Committee members should consider attending relevant training or induction
       courses;

      Not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for
       personal gain or for political purpose, nor seek to use the opportunity of public
       service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons,
       firms, businesses or other organisations; and




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      Not hold any paid or high profile unpaid posts in a political party, and not
       engage in specific political activities on matters directly affecting the work of
       this body. When engaging in other political activities, Committee members
       should be conscious of their public role and exercise proper discretion.


The Role of Committee Members

Members of the Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this
body. They must:

      Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full
       range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of
       Justice or by the Secretary of State for Justice;

      Ensure that the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information
       (including prompt responses to public requests for information) is adhered to;
       agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least
       one meeting a year in public;

      Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the
       Ministry of Justice; and

      Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.

       Communications between the Committee and the Secretary of State will
       generally be through the chair except where the Committee has agreed that
       an individual member should act on its behalf. Nevertheless, any Committee
       member has the right of access to Ministers on any matter which he or she
       believes raises important issues relating to his or her duties as a Committee
       member. In such cases the agreement of the rest of the Committee should
       normally be sought.

       Individual Committee members can be removed from office by the Secretary
       of State for Justice if they fail to perform the duties required of them in line
       with the standards expected in public office.


The Role of the Chair

The Chair has particular responsibility for providing effective leadership on the issues
above. In addition, the Chair is responsible for:

      Ensuring that the Committee meets at appropriate intervals, and that the
       minutes of the meeting, proposals for rule changes or new rules and any
       reports to the Secretary of State accurately record the decisions taken and,
       where appropriate, the views of individual Committee members;

      Representing the views of the Committee to the general public, where
       appropriate; and

      Ensuring that new Committee members are briefed on appointment (and their
       training needs considered), and providing an assessment of their
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          to the Committee or for appointment to the board or committee of some other
          public body.


Handling Conflicts of Interest

The purpose of these provisions is to avoid any danger of Committee members being
influenced, or appearing to be influenced, by their private interests in the exercise of
their public duties. All Committee members should, therefore, declare any personal
or business interest which may, or may be perceived (by a reasonable member of the
public) to influence their judgement. This should include, as a minimum, personal
direct and indirect pecuniary interests, and should normally also include, such
interests of close family members and of people living in the same household1. The
register of interests should be kept up-to-date and should be open to the public. A
declaration of any interest should also be made at any Committee meeting if it relates
specifically to a particular issue under consideration, for recording in the minutes
(whether or not the Committee member also withdraws from the meeting).

Committee members should not participate in the discussion or determination of
matters in which they have an interest, and should normally withdraw from the
meeting (even if held in public) if:

         Their interest is direct and pecuniary; or

         Their interest is covered in specific guidance issued by the Committee itself,
          by the Secretary of State for Justice or by the Ministry of Justice which
          requires them not to participate and/or to withdraw from the meeting.


Personal Liability of Committee Members

Legal proceedings by a third party against individual committee or board members of
public advisory bodies are very exceptional. A committee member may be personally
liable if he or she makes a fraudulent or negligent statement which results in a loss to
a third party; or may commit a breach of confidence under common law or a criminal
offence under insider dealing legislation, if he or she misuses information gained
through their position. However, the Government has indicated that individual
committee members who have acted honestly, reasonably, in good faith and without
negligence will not have to meet out of their own personal resources any personal
civil liability which is incurred in execution or purported execution of their committee
functions. Committee members who need further advice should consult the Ministry
of Justice.




1
 Indirect pecuniary interests arise from connections with bodies which have a direct
pecuniary interest, or from being a business partner of, or being employed by a person with
such an interest. Non-pecuniary interests include those arising from membership of clubs and
other organisations. Close family members include personal partners, parents, children (adult
and minor), brothers, sisters and the personal partners of any of these.



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How to apply
If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions please:

      Examine the essential criteria carefully in assessing the suitability of your
       candidature.

      Complete the relevant application form, including the enclosed monitoring
       forms.

These application forms are separated into 9 sections. It is important you complete
the application form in full. This is to ensure the selection panel can easily find the
information they require in order to compare the responses from all candidates
equally and transparently against each other. For this reason, applications from
candidates who have not completed the application form will not be considered, and
CVs alone will not be acceptable.

All information will be treated in strictest confidence. However, if you are successful,
the information provided on the political activity form will be published with the
announcement of your appointment.

Equal Opportunities
The Ministry of Justice is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit
with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process and to
providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender,
marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

We welcome applications from candidates regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief,
gender, sexual orientation, disability or other irrelevant factors.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for Disabled People

The Ministry of Justice operates a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled people
as defined by the Equality Act 2010 who meet the minimum criteria for this
appointment as published in this brief. If you wish to apply for consideration under the
scheme, please complete the declaration form, (attached to the application form) and
return it with your application form. In addition, if you require any special
arrangements, if invited to the interview, please let us know so that appropriate
arrangements can be made.

Monitoring Forms
In the application form we have provided specific forms for you to fill in and return on
equal opportunities and political activity. These are for monitoring purposes only. By
collecting data and analysing the data of those applying and obtaining a public
appointment, we can improve our diversity strategy. These forms are not part of the
selection process and will be treated in confidence. They will be kept separate from
your application and not be seen by the selection panel.

The closing date for applications is Noon Monday 19 September 2011

Late applications will not be considered unless there are exceptional
circumstances.


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Applications should be sent to:

Alex Randall
Sponsorship and Performance Unit
Corporate Performance Group
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
3rd Floor, 3.18
London
SW1H 9AJ
0203 334 5365

Applications can be emailed to: publicappointmentsteam@justice.gsi.gov.uk




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Selection Process
Public Appointments to the Family Procedure Rule Committee are regulated by the
Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). Ministers have
approved the plans for the recruitment process, including the essential criteria, and
have been given the opportunity to formally suggest potential candidates as
described in the OCPA Code of Practice.

Appointments are made by the Minister after consultation with the President of the
Family Division.

All applications will be acknowledged. The selection panel will meet to consider
applications, and successful candidates will be informed by telephone and invited to
interview.

Please note that application forms may be passed, in confidence, to the
Commissioner for Public Appointments and the Commissioner’s auditors for the
purposes of complaints investigation and audit (5.47 of the OCPA Code of Practice
refers).

Candidates will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses for attending interviews.
For details please contact Alex Randall.

The Selection Panel
The Selection Panel will include one senior civil servant from the MoJ, one head of
branch from Civil and Family justice policy and the OCPA Independent Public
Appointment Assessor.

Previous Convictions
If you are selected for appointment, we will need to carry out enquiries into any
unspent convictions, as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Residence
There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the
UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three
years prior to your application.




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Complaints
If you feel that you have any complaints about any aspect of the way your application
has been handled, we would like to hear from you. In the first instance please
telephone Alex Randall, Ministry of Justice, Public Appointment Advisor, on 0203 334
5365.

Or write to:

Alex Randall
Ministry of Justice Public Appointment Advisor
Sponsorship and Performance Unit
Corporate Performance Group
102 Petty France
3rd Floor, 3.18
London
SW1H 9AJ


Or email Alex.randall@justice.gsi.gov.uk quoting the appropriate reference.

Your complaint will be acknowledged within 2 working days and answered as quickly
and clearly as possible; at the most within 20 working days of receipt. The reply that
you will receive will set out how to take the matter further if you are not satisfied with
the response (this is set out below).

Taking it further
The Commissioner for Public Appointments, regulates and monitors Ministerial
appointments to public bodies.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has produced detailed guidance that the
Ministry of Justice is required to follow. If you feel you have a complaint about the
way your application for appointment was handled, you should first direct your
concerns to the Ministry of Justice at the above address, who will handle it as
described above.

If, after receiving a comprehensive response, you are still concerned, you can write
to the Commissioner for Public Appointments at the address below:

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA)
3rd Floor, 35 Great Smith Street
LONDON,
SW1P 3BQ

A copy of the guide on making a complaint about a public appointments process can
be found on:
http://www.publicappointmentscommissioner.org/Publications/publication,d60743aab
4b.html




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Annex A

The Seven Principles of Public Life

 Selflessness

  Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest.
  They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for
  themselves, their family, or their friends.



 Integrity

  Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other
  obligation to outside individuals or organisation that might influence them in the
  performance of their duties.



 Objectivity

  In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding
  contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public
  office should make choices on merit.



 Accountability

  Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the
  public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their
  office.



 Openness

  Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and
  actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict
  information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.



 Honesty

  Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their
  public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that
  protects the public interests.



 Leadership

   Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by
   leadership and example.


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