The JAC is required by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to select people for appointment who are of good character.
This approach is designed to maintain public confidence in the standards of the judiciary.
Good character guidance
Before completing this section of your application, you should carefully read the good character guidance.
This applies to legal professionals, existing judicial office holders and lay members of the public who apply for judicial office.
You should consider whether there is anything in your past conduct or present circumstances that could affect your application.
You must declare all relevant matters:
- as they affect you
- whether or not these have been declared in a previous application
- even if you have already been selected for judicial office or are/have been a judicial office holder
You must declare all past convictions and cautions, regardless of whether they are spent or unspent.
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 when the suitability of applicants is being assessed for judicial appointment. The JAC has amended the good character guidance to reflect the 2016 Order.
You are responsible for keeping this information up to date and telling the JAC about any changes up to the point of appointment.
How the JAC assesses good character
The JAC reviews character issues declared in the application and undertakes character checks with professional checking bodies. Usually, this happens after the selection day and only towards the end of the application process.
Any issues of potential concern will be considered by the JAC's Selection and Character Committee before making any recommendations to the Appropriate Authority. Therefore, you should be aware that there is a risk that your application may be stopped late in the competition.
If you do not meet the high standards required of judicial office holders, your application will not proceed further.
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