You are advised to check that you meet the relevant eligibility criteria before applying for a role.
The JAC can consider candidates’ eligibility at any stage during the selection process and those who do not meet the requirements will not be able to proceed further.
Experience and qualifications
Non-legal posts on tribunals cover a diverse range of topics, such as agriculture, mental health and property.
This means the required experience and qualifications can vary greatly from one vacancy to another.
You will need to check the specific requirements for each post and take account of any specialism, qualifications and minimum period of experience required.
Medical tribunal members are usually selected annually and an applicant is eligible for appointment if he or she is a registered medical practitioner with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK.
For such roles, the Lord Chancellor may specify that candidates’ registration with the GMC is unconditional.
Conditional registration is where a doctor has either been issued with a warning or referred to a Fitness to Practice Panel, or has had any restrictions imposed on their registration with the GMC.
Candidates must be either a UK citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland at the time of application. Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.
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 judicial officer must allow for a reasonable length of service before retirement. This is usually three to five years, depending on the post.
The Commission will decide whether a candidate can provide a reasonable length of service.
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.