Nov 142017
 

Scottish Legal Aid Board - Members

Reference: 1348

Remuneration: £216.40 per day

Location: Edinburgh, City of

Closing date: 30 November 2017 at midnight

The Scottish Legal Aid Board is looking to appoint new Members (one member of the Faculty of Advocates, one legal member and two non-legal members). These titles reflect the members' status on the Board and not their qualifications – a lawyer is not precluded from applying to be a Non-legal member.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) was set up in 1987 to manage legal aid in Scotland and is a non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Government.

SLAB is responsible for managing legal aid in Scotland. Legal aid allows people who would otherwise not be able to afford it, to get help for their legal problems.

To give a balanced range of knowledge and experience, we are looking for people with backgrounds from the wider community, the advice sector, the business sector as well as solicitors and advocates.

We are currently looking to appoint:

  • one member of the Faculty of Advocates
  • one member with experience of the procedure and practice of courts
  • two non-legal members

To apply for the Faculty Member position, you must be a member of The Faculty with a current practicing certificate and current or recent substantial experience of practicing in criminal law. You will be asked to confirm in the application form (and if invited to interview) that you meet this requirement.

To apply for the Member with experience of the procedure and practice of courts position, you must have knowledge of the operation of the Scottish courts system, at a senior level though this need not be current. You will be asked to confirm in the application form (and if invited to interview) that you meet this requirement.

One of the Non-legal Members to be appointed must have finance experience though it is not essential for both members.

  • Remuneration A fee of £216.40 per day (7.5 hours) (non-pensionable) is payable. Members will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant/carer expenses, including child care, incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help members carry out their duties effectively.
  • Time Commitment and Location The time commitment for a Board member is expected to be on average 3.5 days per month (a maximum of 42 days per year). These 3.5 days include reading time. You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board's on-going business needs.
    Meetings are held in Edinburgh on Mondays and due to the sometimes complex nature of business being discussed attendance in person is required. There are usually 8 Board meetings a year, approximately 6 Policy Committees and various other ad hoc meetings.
  • Length of Appointment Board members terms of appointment will be for a period of between three and five years. When a term comes to an end, the skills the Board requires will be reassessed.
    If a current member satisfies the requirements of the new person specification at that time, and there is evidence of effective performance, Scottish Ministers may consider reappointing the member for a further term – reappointment is not automatic. A non-executive member's total period of appointment will not exceed eight years in the same position.
  • Interviews Interviews will be held on 10th and 11th January 2018 in Edinburgh.
  • Further information: More information on SLAB can be found at http://www.slab.org.uk/

However, if you would like to speak to someone at SLAB, contact our CEO Colin Lancaster by telephone: 0131 226 7061 or by email: lancasterco@slab.org.uk.

Full details of the skills, knowledge and experience required for these appointments are contained in the Applicant Information Pack. You can access the pack via the link below.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 30th November 2017.

For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below. Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50. Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online through our dedicated public appointments website: www.appointed-for-scotland.org. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot or by writing to Public Appointments, Scottish Government, 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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