The Family Procedure Rule Committee was set up in October 2004 to make Family Procedure Rules. The aim, to produce one set of simple and simply expressed rules of court for all family proceedings in the High Court and, as they were then known the county courts and magistrates’ courts. The Family Procedure Rules were made in 2010 and implemented in April 2011. The Rules and supporting Practice Direction will be maintained and developed to support new legislation and policy initiatives.
The Committee meets in London on a Monday on average once a month (excluding January, August and September). Meeting frequencies can however vary to accommodate the priorities of work coming before the Committee. Meetings generally last the morning and start at 11:00am. It is possible for meetings to last the full day and members would be expected to accommodate such meetings. Papers are circulated four days 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 an introduction information pack 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 TBC. The post is offered without remuneration though travelling and reasonable expenses will be payable.
Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Interest in the broad field of law concerning family courts and the rule making process
- A commitment to valuing diversity
- An understanding of the impact made through amendments to the Family Procedure Rules and Practice Directions.
- Understanding and knowledge of the court processes and administrative procedures within the family jurisdiction;
- Evidence of the ability to work in a committee; 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;
It will be important that a Member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest or anything which might cause embarrassment should you be appointed must be declared.
Public appointees are required to uphold the Board/Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Seven Principles of Public Life
Lay members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Master of the Rolls.
Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis. We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and the Board/Committee can benefit from new perspectives and ideas. The appointment will run for a three-year term with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers. Overall, the tenure period should not normally exceed ten years.
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