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Fee-paid Service Members of the First-tier Tribunal, War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber
The JAC has been asked to identify 9 candidates suitable for selection as Fee-paid Service Members of the First Tier Tribunal, War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber. This exercise is expected to launch in May. All the 9 vacancies are immediate.
The WPAFCC hears appeals against decisions from the Secretary of State for Defence in relation to War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes. The Tribunal is an independent judicial body covering England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own tribunals).
The Tribunal has been in existence since the War Pensions Act 1919.
The War Pensions Scheme started in 1918 and continues in respect of injuries that occurred before 5 April 2005. For injuries after 5 April 2005 a new Scheme, the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme applies.
Overview of the role
The main activities of a service member are:
- preparing for hearing and case management
- reading and preparing the papers in advance of the hearing
- meeting the other panel members of the Tribunal immediately before the hearing for pre-hearing discussions of the issues and evidence
- provide specialist assistance in service related matters to other panel members of the Tribunal, advising on matters which may require further direction at the hearing.
- participate fully in the tribunal’s deliberation after the hearing has concluded, being able to convey arguments clearly and contributing to the drafting of the decision written by the Tribunal judge
Who can apply
Potential service members could be drawn from those who have at least 7 years service (either serving or recently retired) at Lieutenant Commander, Squadron Leader or Major rank and above, and Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces. Recently retired would usually mean within the last 7 years so that the member has up-to-date knowledge of the matters being considered.
They are likely to have had deployed operational experience, experience of supporting operations and of command, staff or unit responsibilities for personnel matters. A wide understanding of the military ethos and service working practices would be a fundamental element of this substantial experience. Candidates would also be expected to have exposure to all 3 Armed Forces
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