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Advisory Committee Recruitment Plan

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The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committees (AC) on Justices of the Peace are advisory non-departmental public bodies which carry out functions on behalf of the Lord Chancellor. The Recruitment Advisory Committees, along with other key functions are to recruit and recommend to the Senior Presiding Judge (Exercising functions on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice) candidates for appointment to the magistrates. A full list of functions and the role of Advisory Committees can be found in Part one of the Lord Chancellor’s Directions.

All information regarding AC recruitment opening times for Criminal and Family courts is available in the below tables. Please note that these are subject to change.

The recruitment plan is broken down by region and area, please visit the table for your region to find out more about the recruitment plan in your area:

London

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
CentralTBCJan – Feb 23
EastOct – Nov 22Jan – Feb 23
North Oct – Nov 22Jan – Feb 23
North EastOct – Nov 22Jan – Feb 23
SouthTBCJan – Feb 23
South EastTBCJan – Feb 23
South WestTBCJan – Feb 23
WestTBCJan – Feb 23

Midlands

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country,
Coventry and Warwickshire
TBCTBC
Derbyshire and NottinghamshireFeb 23Oct 22
Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and
Rutland and Lincolnshire
TBCSep 22
West Mercia and StaffordshireOct 22TBC

North East

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Cleveland, County Durham and DarlingtonTBCTBC
Humber and South YorkshireTBCTBC
North and West YorkshireTBCTBC
NorthumbriaTBCTBC

North West

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Cheshire*TBCTBC
Cumbria and LancashireOct – Nov 22TBC
Greater ManchesterSep 22Sep 22
MerseysideTBCTBC
*Cheshire and Merseyside are one AC with separate recruitment periods.

South East

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Bedfordshire and HertfordshireTBCTBC
Cambridgeshire and EssexTBCTBC
KentTBCTBC
Norfolk and SuffolkTBCTBC
Surrey and SussexTBCTBC
Thames ValleyTBCTBC

South West

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Avon, Somerset and GloucestershireJuly 23Feb 23
Devon, Cornwall and DorsetJuly 23Feb 23
Hampshire, Isle of White and WiltshireJuly 23Feb 23

Wales

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
North WalesOct 22Oct 22
South WalesOct 22Oct 22