Forthcoming Opportunities

NIJAC is anticipating the following opportunities will be advertised in 2022/23. Further information can be found by clicking on the judicial office:

- Review Tribunal (Consultant Psychiatrist) Medical Member 

- County Court Judge x3

- ITFET Vice President

- CICAP Lay Adjudicator x2

- Deputy Statutory Officer x8

- NIVT Ordinary Member x3

- ITFET Employment Judge (Fee Paid) x8

 

All NIJAC schemes automatically maintain a reserve list for 12 months, from the anticipated date of first appointment, to accommodate any unforeseen vacancies.

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Review Tribunal (Consultant Psychiatrist) Medical Member

Anticipated Launch: TBC

Review Tribunal (Consultant Psychiatrist) Medical Member

The Review Tribunal is an independent judicial body which reviews:

(a)  the cases of patients who are detained or are subject to guardianship under the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (the Order)

 (b)  authorisations of deprivation of liberty and applications relating to the appointment or removal of nominated persons under the Mental Capacity (Northern Ireland) Act 2016 (the Act)

The Tribunal is made up of a number of legal, medical and experienced members.  At hearing, the Tribunal may be composed of two or three members, one of whom must be a legally qualified member.

Armed with written reports from the Responsible Medical Officer (RMO) and Social Worker, the Consultant Psychiatrist (Medical Member) is expected to travel, on the morning of the hearing, to carry out a full psychiatric examination of the patient, peruse the medical notes and speak to the nurse or key worker who knows the patient. This allows the Medical Member to come to a preliminary view on diagnosis.

The Medical Member then presents his/her findings on the case to the Experienced and Legal Members of The Tribunal before the formal hearing in the afternoon. The Medical Member will also comment on whether he/she has gained any divergence of information from that supplied in the written reports and whether he/she has any disagreements with the RMO’S report. The Medical Member is also able to advise/answer questions from the Experienced/Legal Member by way of explanation of any medical issues in the RMO’s report. At the formal hearing of the Tribunal the Medical Member is invited to ask any questions of the RMO and Social Worker, after they have presented their evidence.

For further information please visit: Review Tribunal | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

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County Court Judge x2

Anticipated Launch: May 2022

County Court Judge x2

The formal description of the work of the County Court refers to three broad categories:

- Criminal;

- Family; and

- Civil.

The variety and richness of the role of the County Court Judge is difficult to capture.

Most County Court Judges serve on a range of statutory committees including the County Court, the Crown Court and the Family Proceedings Rules Committee. In addition there are numerous other committees at tier level and in the Province.

County Court Judges can also be appointed as Parole Commissioners, to the Judicial Studies Board and the Judicial Appointments Commission. Several County Court Judges are members of the Children Order Advisory Committee. County Court Judges will also be expected (after appropriate training) to undertake extradition, inquest and HIA Redress Board cases.

For further information please visit: The Royal Courts of Justice | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

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ITFET Vice President

Anticipated Launch: May 2022

ITFET Vice President

The Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (ITFET), hear employment disputes and resolve employment matters. Industrial Tribunals are independent judicial bodies in Northern Ireland that hear and determine claims to do with employment matters.  These include a range of claims relating to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wages and other payments as well as discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, part time working and equal pay. The Fair Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body in Northern Ireland that hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion.

The Vice President will spend approximately 50% of their time hearing, deciding and writing fully reasoned judgments/decisions in the very complex equal pay and discrimination cases and the more complex and high profile non-discrimination cases, together with cases which have been remitted by the Court of Appeal. The other 50% of the time will be spent on out of court management and leadership activities including assisting the President in the training of members, investigating complaints, the development of strategy and policy and deputizing for the President to name but a few.

For further information please visit: Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Northern Ireland (employmenttribunalsni.co.uk)

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CICAP Lay Adjudicators x2

Anticipated Launch: September 2022

CICAP Lay Adjudicator

CICAP was established under the provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order 2002. Its purpose is to support the victims of violent crime by determining promptly, impartially, fairly and independently, appeals against review decisions made by Compensation Services, Northern Ireland in accordance with the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme(s) of 2002 and 2009, and by virtue of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

A lay adjudicator will sit on a panel consisting of three people – a legally qualified Chairman, a medical member and a lay member. The purpose is to support the victims of violent crime by determining promptly, impartially, fairly and independently appeals against review decisions made by the Northern Ireland Compensation Services in accordance with the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme(s) (2002 & 2009) and by virtue of Article 6 of ECHR.

For further information please visit: Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Northern Ireland | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

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Deputy Statutory Officer X8

Anticipated Launch: September 2022

Deputy Statutory Officer

A Deputy Statutory Officer may be required to cover the work of the full-time judiciary in both of the following areas:

  1. District Judge
  2. Master of the High Court

A Deputy Statutory Officer is expected to be flexible in order to provide cover in the wide range of work of both the District Judges and Masters .

For further information please visit: The Royal Courts of Justice | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

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NIVT Ordinary Member x3

Anticipated Launch: January 2023

NIVT Ordinary Member

The Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal (NIVT) is an independent judicial body that hears and determines appeals including appeals against capital values for property in Northern Ireland upon which domestic rates bills are based. NIVT also hears appeals relating to rates allowances for premises adapted for persons with a disability and lone pensioner rate relief and claims for rates relief under the Rate Relief Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017.

The Ordinary Member is required to assist in the conduct of NIVT hearings including by providing an independent and informed view during the hearing and in the subsequent decision-making process.

The main activities of an Ordinary Member are to:         

  • Become familiar with case papers, which will include the appellant’s and respondent’s documentary evidence and submissions
  • Participate in any pre-hearing discussions with other NIVT panel members
  • Determine appeals in such a way as to avoid any form of discrimination in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
  • Participate fully in the NIVT decision-making process and in giving clear and concise reasons for any decisions
  • Maintain the authority and dignity of the NIVT
  • Help promote in each case the most expeditious dispatch of NIVT business compatible with the interests of justice
  • Participate in hearings in such a manner that all parties are able to have their respective cases presented and considered as fully and fairly as possible;

For further information please visit: Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

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ITFET Employment Judge (Fee Paid) x8

Anticipated Launch: January 2023

ITFET Employment Judge

The Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (ITFET), hear employment disputes and resolve employment matters. Industrial Tribunals are independent judicial bodies in Northern Ireland that hear and determine claims to do with employment matters.  These include a range of claims relating to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wages and other payments as well as discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, part time working and equal pay. The Fair Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body in Northern Ireland that hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion.

An Employment Judge’s duties are wide-ranging but overall the core duties are to conduct hearings and write judgments. For instance, during a final hearing you will be managing the hearing, listening to the evidence and reaching a decision with your panel members. Alternatively you may be dealing with preliminary hearings which broadly fall into two categories:

- The first category are conducted like a final hearing but usually by a Judge sitting alone. The purpose of these hearings to address preliminary matters/applications relating to the proceedings which often impinge on the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

- The second category are automatically listed after a claim and response form are received. The purpose of this type of preliminary hearing is to ensure that a case is properly prepared for hearing.

Other tasks include issuing judgements and giving directions which do not require a hearing, giving judicial directions to administrative staff on practice and procedure in respect of tribunals and in relation to the progress of a claim.

For further information please visit: Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Northern Ireland (employmenttribunalsni.co.uk)

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We also suggest you consider the Judicial Shadowing Scheme as a means of researching the legal, medical and valuer offices. Visit the Judicial Shadowing Scheme page of our website for more information.

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