Interviews may be conducted via skype or Microsoft teams due to COVID-19.
Location: Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London
The role requires the successful candidate to work in London a minimum of three days a week and on those days, being able to attend early morning and early evening meetings in London as required.
The Judicial Office
The Judicial Office (JO) reports to, and is accountable, to the Lord Chief Justice and was established in 2006 to provide support to him and to the wider judiciary following the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. In addition, we support, and are accountable to, the Senior President of Tribunals, whose responsibilities extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The JO is an interesting and unique place to work. Everything we do is in support of upholding the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. We work closely with HMCTS, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and others across Government as well as with the legal professions.
See JO staff talk about working here: https://design102.wistia.com/medias/uhgtmbtnlv
Background: Judicial HR
Led by the Head of Judicial HR, the Judicial HR team is accountable for delivering the right judicial office holders with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time in support of the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals responsibilities for the welfare and conduct of the judiciary as set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. The team also supports and advises the advisory committees that carry out key functions in relation to the magistracy on behalf of the Lord Chancellor.
We are not a typical HR team in that everything we do needs to meet the, often complex, needs of the judiciary who are office holders and not Civil Servants. This provides us with a unique set of HR challenges. It also provides us with unique opportunities to work with the judiciary at all levels and gives us ample opportunity to broaden our HR skills sets, use our HR and business insights to be curious about doing things differently and continuously learn.
It’s an exciting time to join us. Judicial HR is currently restructuring with the aim of putting judicial office holders at the heart of the service that we provide. The new structure has three main functions within it: HR Operations, Centres of Expertise and HR Business Advisers. This would be your opportunity to use your HR insights to help shape the leadership and talent offer to the Judiciary.
The Judicial Office Holder Appointments Team is a team of twenty-four (a Band A/G7 head of team, three Band B/SEOs, seven Band C/HEOs, thirteen Band D/HEOs) and sits within HR Operations.
The role purpose:
Reporting to the Band A/G7, the post holder is responsible for managing, supporting and advising the team in providing efficient and effective support to the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals, other members of the senior judiciary and the Lord Chancellor, in relation to their role in relation to post-appointments processes across courts and tribunals, working closing with partner organisations.
For more information about the role, please contact: Louise Joyce (020 7073 4807 or [email protected]). Further details are set out below.
Main Activities / Responsibilities
• Working to the Band A/G7, you will be responsible for providing advice and support the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals, other members of the senior judiciary, and the Lord Chancellor in performing their statutory duties in relation to judicial appointments.
• Working with the MoJ, the Investigatory Powers Commission, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office to deliver a range of national security appointments.
• To lead on all other ad-hoc (non-Judicial Appointments Commission) appointments, including international requests for judicial assistance, the appointment of judges to the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus, the appointment of Jersey and Guernsey Court of Appeal judges and ecclesiastical appointments.
• To review the processes within the post-appointments team for non-JAC campaigns; to improve the transparency, diversity and cohesion across a variety of appointments.
• Responsibility for advising the senior judiciary and the Lord Chancellor on the appointment of judges to leadership roles, committees and other judicial roles. To provide similar advice on the authorisation of judges to sit in specific jurisdictions, including support to the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD) on the authorisation of Circuit Judges to sit in this Division.
• To lead the team in the processes related to retirements, including taking forward requests for judges to sit in retirement, and to take forward resignations and deaths in service for all judicial office holders.
• To lead the team in the co-ordination of the approval of the renewals of fee-paid appointments.
• Manage the team (2 Band Cs/HEOs and 4 Band Ds/EOs) to deliver a professional, timely, operational/business orientated service which complies with legislation.
• Provide advice, support and briefing to the senior judiciary and the Lord Chancellor on judicial appointments as required, including the provision of regular appointments updates to the Judicial Executive Board.
• Managing a Quality Service
• Making effective decisions
• Changing and improving
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• Ability to work collaboratively and proactively with stakeholders both internally and externally.
• Demonstrate commitment, professional expertise and skill.
• Focus and ability to deliver effective outcomes when working under pressure.
• Be proactive bringing fresh ideas and look for new ways to continuously improve current development and training products.
• Excellent interpersonal, influencing and stakeholder skills, with the ability to build and use effective and credible relationships at all levels
• Able to prioritise and adapt workloads and delivery to emerging or changing priorities.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Knowledge of the magistrates, courts and tribunals justice system and operating structures.
• Experience of working with Judicial Office Holders and knowledge of the judiciary.
• Recruitment and/or selection experience, or experience in another HR discipline where skills and knowledge transfer.
ResponsibilitiesPlease refer to Job Description
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Managing a Quality Service
- Changing and Improving
- Making Effective Decisions