Family Justice Council: applications invited from Family Silks and Magistrates



The Family Justice Council is an inter-disciplinary body whose members are drawn from a cross section of those who work, use or have an interest in the family justice system. They include judges, lawyers, doctors, social workers, academics and civil servants. The Council monitors the effectiveness of the family justice system, advising on reforms necessary for improvement and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to family justice in England and Wales.

Two vacancies have arisen on the Family Justice Council for a Silk and Magistrate member.

Candidates should have the following:

Silk Member

  • Substantial experience as a practising senior barrister (Silk) specialising in family work.

Magistrate Member:

  • Substantial experience as a Magistrate, preferably as a Family Court Chairman, in the Family Proceedings Court or Family Court.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the family justice system both nationally and locally.
  • Ability to develop a good working relationship with the local Designated Family Judge and the Local Family Justice Board and develop and maintain a link with the Magistrate’s Association Family Court Committee.

You will be able to produce evidence of working, through interdisciplinary consensus, to deliver timely and improved outcomes for families and children who are involved with the family justice system. You will have experience as a team player and be able to prepare for and attend meetings of the Family Justice Council.

The Council meets four times a year and much of its work is done through its working groups. The post is for three years and is offered without remuneration. Reasonable travelling and other expenses are payable.

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 18 March 2022. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the beginning of April. All interviews will be by MS Teams.

The Family Justice Council is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants and to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. Applications are invited from all suitably qualified persons, irrespective of age, disability, gender, marital status, race or sexual orientation.