Members will be expected to play an active role in the OPRC and have collective responsibility for the creation and operation of the Online Procedure Rules. In particular, members will be expected to:
• Engage fully in Committee meetings, giving full consideration to the issues and taking account of all relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice or by the Lord Chancellor.
• Attend approximately 10 Committee meetings a year and participate in at least 1 working group. Frequency of working group meetings and associated work will depend on the priorities and work programme the Committee sets, working closely with the Lord Chancellor and Senior Judiciary.
• Read and consider papers outside of meetings. Keep abreast of paperwork and issues relating to the work of the OPRC. Candidates will be expected to put time aside ahead of meetings to review paperwork.
• Be prepared to represent the Committee publicly.
• Ensure that the OPRC’s responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged, agree contributions to publications as required.
• Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary, with reference to the Ministry of Justice.
• Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.
From time-to-time issues of a confidential nature may arise during Committee work. The duty of confidentiality obliges members to respect the confidentiality of such work. Confidential information that members obtain during the course of membership of the Committee must not be shared by committee members except to the extent permitted by the Chair.
Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Must be a barrister in England and Wales, a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, or a legal executive
• An interest in justice, law, court procedure, and digital services
• Commitment to putting the needs of users at the centre of the rule making process
• The ability to analyse and debate complex issues
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrable ability to engage with stakeholders
• An understanding of diversity issues
• Demonstrable ability to express complicated matters in plain English
Candidates should ideally have experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Experience of digital change and innovation would be an advantage
• The ability to contribute to, and influence, committee meetings
• Excellent time management skills
• Experience of helping users navigate court processes
• A knowledge of the existing work developing the digital justice system, including the HMCTS reform programme and current online dispute resolution.
• There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.
• You should not be employed in the UK Civil Service.
We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.
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