The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is now inviting applications for Road User Charging Adjudicators.
Launch date: 13:00 on 28 November 2018
Closing date: 13:00 on 12 December 2018
Location: Chancery Exchange, London
Number of vacancies: 23 immediate vacancies
Fee: £56.19 an hour
Overview of the role
The Road User Charging Appeals (RUCA) Service is an independent tribunal which decides appeals against congestion charge and low emission zone penalties in London.
If Transport for London serves a penalty charge notice arising from an alleged congestion charge or low emission zone contravention, the registered keeper of the vehicle is entitled to contest the penalty charge by making written representations to Transport for London. If Transport for London accepts those representations the Penalty Charge Notice will be cancelled. If the representations are rejected, the registered keeper of the vehicle may appeal to the Road User Charging Adjudicators’ Tribunal. Appeals are considered both on paper and at personal hearings.
The role of Adjudicators is to act and determine appeals independently, basing their decisions on prescribed grounds of appeal; mitigating factors cannot be taken into consideration. Adjudicators attend scheduled sessions at Chancery Exchange in London to determine appeals, both at personal hearings and requests for postal decisions. The frequency of sittings depends on the workload of the tribunal and on the commitments of the office holder. Adjudicators can often to sit for sessions ranging between 3 and 7 hours at a time and will be entitled to a minimum of 3 hours per week, subject to change in light of operational needs and up to a total of 50 days a year. Sitting rotas are issued about 2 weeks in advance and the costs of travel and subsistence are not reimbursed.
Visit the London Tribunals website for more information about the Road User Charging Adjudicators.
Terms and Conditions
The Tribunal is located at Chancery Exchange, 10 Furnival Street. London, EC4A 1AB.
To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements for this post.
In accordance with The Road User Charging (Enforcement and Adjudication) (London) Regulations 2001, the Lord Chancellor shall appoint suitably qualified persons to be Fee Paid Road User Charging Adjudicators.
To be qualified for an appointment as an adjudicator, a person must satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis.
The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement (TCE) Act 2007 introduced the ‘judicial-appointment eligibility condition’. You will have to show that:
- you have possessed a relevant legal qualification
- for the requisite period and
- whilst holding that qualification, you have gained experience in law
“Relevant qualification” means a solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. The meaning of “gain experience in law” is set out in section 52(2) to (5) of the TCE Act 2007 and relates to a period engaged in law related activities.
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as a Road User Charging Adjudicator should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually 4 years before retirement.
Candidates who already hold judicial appointment and were first appointed before March 1995, may have a preserved retirement age of 72. This includes candidates first appointed to a judicial office listed in Schedule 7 to the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993. Such candidates should inform the JAC about their retirement age.
The JAC will decide whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service.
At the time of application, candidates must be either a:
- UK citizen
- citizen of another Commonwealth country or
- citizen of the Republic of Ireland
Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.
Open for applications: 13:00 on 28 November 2018
Closing date for applications: 13:00 on 12 December 2018
Qualifying test preparation material and instructions sent to candidates: by 21 December 2018
Online qualifying test: 07:00 to 21:00 on 9 January 2019
Outcome of online qualifying test issued to candidates: 27 January 2019
Online scenario test: 07:00 to 21:00 on 6 February 2019
Eligibility checks being conducted: mid March 2019
Outcome of online scenario test and formal selection day invitation issued: end of April 2019
Request for independent assessments: 1 May 2019
Deadline for the receipt of independent assessments: 15 May 2019
Selection days: 10 to 18 June 2019
Outcome of selection process expected by: end October 2019
Before making your application, you should first consider whether you are ready to apply for this role. You may wish to look at the Am I ready tools on the JAC website. Please also read the Competency Framework for the role and the job description. There are 5 competencies in total that list the behaviours of a Road User Charging Adjudicator who is performing the role effectively.
Reading about candidates previously selected for this role is also a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed. You can read about current Adjudicators' experience of the role on the JAC Twitter page.
Your online application plays an important part in the selection process. The self-assessment section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post. You must provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience are transferable to the post and why they will enable you to perform effectively in the role. You should link your examples to the competencies required for the post having regard to the job description. The self-assessment should not simply be a reiteration of your career history. You must be concise as you are limited to 250 words for each competency. You must also complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.
Please read the guidance on completing the candidate self-assessment and choosing the best examples in your self-assessment.
When applying, you will be required to submit contact details for your independent assessors. Please read the guidance about independent assessments before completing your application. Independent assessments will contribute to your overall assessment. They should provide evidence that you have the abilities relevant to the role as outlined in the relevant competency framework. Both of your assessors must, therefore, have sound and comprehensive knowledge of your work and one of your assessors should, ideally, be from your current employment.
When asked to provide details of your independent assessors you will see 4 boxes for the assessor details however you must only give details of 2 assessors. If you provide more than 2 we will only approach the first 2 listed.
Independent assessments should provide evidence that you demonstrate the competencies relevant to the role of a Road User Charging Adjudicator. Both of your assessors must, therefore, have sound and comprehensive knowledge of your work and one of your assessors should, ideally, be from your current employment. Whether or not you already hold judicial office will determine the category or categories of assessors you must nominate as follows:
If you are a salaried judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of two judicial assessors. You should also discuss your application with your Leadership Judge.
If you are a fee-paid judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of one judicial assessor and one professional assessor.
If you do not currently hold a judicial office, you will need to provide details of two professional assessors.
A professional assessor could be:
- a senior partner or head of chambers if you are a solicitor or barrister
- a client, magistrate or local authority official if you are a sole practitioner
- a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role
If you are a judicial office holder, a judicial assessor could be:
- the senior judge of the tribunal, court, jurisdiction or circuit where you sit most often or your appraising judge
- the Lord Justice Clerk
You must ensure all of the details (name, title and email address) are correct for both of your assessors. All correspondence with your assessors will be by email; it is important that the information you provide is correct to avoid any delay in the JAC being able to contact your nominated assessors. Late independent assessments may not be considered; you are, therefore, advised to notify your assessors in advance that you intend to apply and inform them of the date we will be requesting the assessment.
Do not nominate the Lord Chancellor as an independent assessor as they are the Appropriate Authority. Nor should you nominate a JAC Commissioner. If you have any queries about who to nominate as your independent assessors please contact the JAC.
Stage 1: Online qualifying test
All applicants will be invited to participate in an online qualifying test and will receive qualifying test instructions and pre-reading material by email by Wednesday 19 December 2018. If you have not received this email by noon on Friday 21 December 2018 please contact the JAC immediately.
The online qualifying test will be on 9 January 2019 between 07:00 and 21:00.
The qualifying test will consist of 2 parts:
Part 1: Situational Judgement (45 minutes)
Part 2: Critical Analysis (45 minutes)
Stage 2: Online scenario test
If you are successful in the online qualifying test you will be invited to sit an online scenario test. You will receive online scenario test instructions and pre-reading by 30 January 2019. If you have not received an email confirming the outcome of the online qualifying test by noon on 1 February 2019 please contact the JAC immediately.
The online scenario test will be on 6 February 2019 from 07:00 to 21:00; results of this stage will be sent by email by the end of April 2019.
If you are unable to sit the tests on the dates specified above due to exceptional circumstances or because it is a religious holiday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for you to take the test on a later date (which will fall no more than a week after the original date).
All candidates should make the necessary arrangements to sit the test in a suitable and quiet environment ensuring consistent and reliable access to a stable internet connection.
Information about qualifying tests
Following each of the 2 shortlisting stages in this exercise, the JAC will produce a feedback report analysing how candidates performed overall. This report will also include information on the method of marking, including guidance and information on the distribution of marks available to applicants.
This report will be published on the JAC website. The JAC cannot provide bespoke feedback for individual candidates at the shortlisting stages; please do not make a request as exceptions are not made.
If you are successful in the stage 2 online scenario test you will be invited to a selection day at which stage you will also be asked to provide further information in part 2 of your application form by 7 May 2019. The selection days which will take place in London between 10 to 18 June 2019. We will not be able to offer an alternative selection day outside of this period.
The selection day will comprise a role play followed by a competency-based interview. The panel will be seeking evidence from you against the competencies for the post. Further details will be sent with the formal invitation to attend which you will receive by end of April 2019. If you have not received an email regarding the outcome of the online scenario test by May 2019 please contact the JAC immediately.
Information about selection day, including interviews and role plays
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that candidates with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those suffering from short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy. Candidates will have the option to outline their reasonable adjustment requirements in their online JAC account.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your consent. All candidates shortlisted for selection day will be requested to complete a consent form which will be included in Part 2 of your application form.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 allows for the full disclosure of all spent cautions and convictions to assess good character. You must declare and disclose all past convictions and cautions, regardless of whether they are spent or unspent. Failure to declare any matters that come to light from the JAC's checks may prejudice the outcome of your application. Read the good character guidance before applying.
You may update the character section of your JAC profile at any time. This is your continuing responsibility throughout the process for any matter that may arise up to the point of appointment.
Equal merit provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. If the Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, considers 2 or more candidates to be of equal merit, a candidate may be selected for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Committee will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity section of their online account.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the tribunals judiciary (as of 1 April 2018), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom (usual residents) aged 25 to 74 that are women is 50.4%, while 11.3% of the UK population identifies as being from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) background. The proportion of tribunal judges that are women is 46% and of those who declared their ethnicity 11% declared they were from a BAME background.
The Committee may be presented with a situation whereby it is unable to choose between two or more candidates on the basis of their relevant protected characteristics, for example, two candidates assessed as being of equal merit may both be white men. If this situation arises, the equal merit provision cannot be used to make a selection. The Committee will, therefore, invite those candidates to a second interview, to enable it to make a selection decision.
The Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, will consider which candidates to recommend for appointment to the Lord Chancellor who is the Appropriate Authority for this selection exercise.
In order to consider a recommendation, the Appropriate Authority may request any information that was available to the JAC in making its recommendation. You should be aware that any information you provide in your application or during the selection process could, therefore, be passed to the Lord Chancellor.
The Appropriate Authority can accept or reject a recommendation or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.
Outcome of the exercise
The JAC will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by the end of October 2019.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within 6 weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
On appointment, there will be an induction or residential for 1 day. This will be held on a Saturday. There will be ongoing training as required and successful candidates may be assigned a mentor. The successful candidate(s) will also have access to the Judicial College training prospectus on appointment.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the selection exercise team: Please ensure you check your spam mailbox regularly.
For general enquiries please call the JAC helpdesk on 020 3334 0123
Rebecca Mcknight, Selection Exercise Team Manager: 020 3334 0387