Legal Member & Non-Legal Member - Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB).
Remuneration: £236.55 per day
Closing date: 16 November 2020 at midnight
Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint one legal member and one non-legal member to the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB).
Legal aid plays a vital role in Scottish society by enabling people to enforce and protect their rights, defend themselves and manage their personal affairs and relationships. SLAB’s role is to administer the funding for this important service. SLAB’s Board is responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction and its approach to managing the risks that it faces
To ensure 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 ‘legal’ member
- one ‘non-legal’ member
To apply for the legal member role, you must be a member of the Law Society with a current practising certificate and current or recent substantial experience of practising 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 non-legal member role, you must have one or more of the following specialist attributes:
- Experience of how the issues of human rights/equalities can impact on, or improve the delivery of public services and/or
- Knowledge of developing digital strategies and their implementation
- Understanding of what is required to support organisational change management
You will be asked to confirm in the application form (and if invited to interview) that you meet this requirement.
You will receive a fee of £236.55 per day (7.5 hours) (non-pensionable and excluding lunch breaks) devoted to performing your functions (as required or requested by the Chair) on a pro rata basis. 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.
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 which includes 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.
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.
There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and having regard to the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience required by the Board at the time. Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.
- Interviews for the non-legal member will be held on 10 December 2020.
- Interviews for the legal member will be held on 17 December 2020.
Due to the current restrictions of Covid-19 and social distancing, interviews will be conducted remotely via video conferencing. Applicants who are offered an interview will also be offered any advice or support they may need to attend the video-conferenced interview.
Closing date for applications is Monday 16 November 2020. For further information on these appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please contact Freephone 0300 244 1898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on the Scottish Legal Aid Board, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.
If you have a disability within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 and require an adjustment at any stage of the public appointments process, please get in touch with the Public Appointments Team on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email Public.email@example.com.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.
Please apply online. 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, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot.