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Appointment of legally qualified Chairs to serve on Police Officer Misconduct Hearing Panels (Eastern Region)

Closing date for the application is:        Midnight Sunday the 8th of September 2019

Date for selection day:                           Interviews are scheduled to take place on the 9th, 10th, 14th or 16th of October at the Civic Centre in Chelmsford, though some flexibility on dates may be possible.

Daily rate of £366 + expenses will be paid

The Police and Crime Commissioners for the Eastern Region are seeking to recruit 10-15 legally qualified chairs (LQCs) to hear police misconduct hearings from across the region. The successful candidates will preside over hearings involving officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

Misconduct Hearing Panels involve serious misconduct cases and are an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police, helping to ensure public trust and confidence is maintained. Proposed changes to the current regulatory system also mean that Legally Qualified Chairs will take on an increasingly active part in managing proceedings.

Applications are sought from qualified lawyers who can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to the issues presented. Successful candidates will be part of a list of 20-25 LQCs who will be selected to sit on hearings across the region. These hearings can last a few days and it is expected that members of the panel will have sufficient availability to undertake this work. Training is provided and attendance is expected from LQCs.

To apply you must satisfy the judicial appointment eligibility condition on a five-year basis as set out in section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

If you would like to find out more about being a LQC from somebody already in the role, please click here. If you would like to discuss the role please contact Christopher Jackson at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk on 01473 782770 or anna.parkinson@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

We are proud to be committed to equal opportunities and welcome qualified applications. To download an application pack please click here. Completed application packs should be sent to suzanne.humphreys@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Appointment of Legally Qualified Chairs to serve on Police Misconduct Panels

Since 2016, Legally Qualified Chairs have been required to preside over gross misconduct hearings held by police forces. This is an integral part of the police disciplinary process. 

As part of a joint recruitment and appointment process, applications from suitably qualified individuals are sought to be appointed for the following police force areas:

  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Thames Valley

Appointees will serve a four-year term, and up to 10 new appointments may be made to ensure sufficient availability for hearings across the region. Existing Legally Qualified Chairs for the region need not reapply.

Applications are sought from qualified legal professionals who have experience in the field or knowledge of the specific regulations and can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to issues presented.

Successful applicants will have to complete security checks to ensure they are suitable for appointment. Personnel under the direction and control of the Police or Police and Crime Commissioner are not eligible to apply. Applicants must satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis, as set out in section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

For more information about the application process, please download the information pack here https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/legally-qualified-chairs-appointment/

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 29th September

Interviews will be held on 6th and 8th November 2019, at a central location in the region.

 

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