Law Officers' Departments: Public Appointments

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Solicitor-General which of the public appointments for which the Law Officers' Departments are responsible are due to be (a) renewed and (b) filled in the next 24 months; what the (i) remit, (ii) salary, (iii) political restrictions, (iv) eligibility requirements and (v) timetable for each such appointment is; and what records the Law Officers' Departments keep in respect of such appointments.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

We are currently recruiting for the only public appointment within the Law Officers' Department, the post of Chief Inspector of HM Crown Prosecution Service, which we are hoping to fill in April 2010.

(i) The remit of the role is:

To lead and develop an independent, robust, creative and innovative Inspectorate whose work enhances public confidence in prosecution services.

To enable the Inspectorate to respond to changes in the criminal justice landscape and help raise the overall standard of prosecutorial practice and prosecution service delivery.

To lead the identification of strategic thematic areas for improvement and offer inspected organisations advice and support on key areas for development.

To work with and engage a wide range of key stakeholders across the wider criminal justice arena to improve the overall quality and standards of prosecution and delivery of increasingly effective and efficient prosecution services to the public.

To increase public awareness of prosecution services, and enhance the brand and reputation of both the Inspectorate and the prosecution services.

To deliver geographical and joint thematic Inspections working with other key inspectorates to improve consistency of standards and the sharing of best practice.

(ii) The salary for the role is £150,000.

(iii) The appointee may not occupy paid party political posts or hold particularly sensitive or high roles in a political party. Subject to the foregoing, the appointee is free to engage in political activities provided that they are conscious of their general public responsibilities and exercise a proper discretion, particularly with regard to the work of the Inspectorate.

(iv) There are no specific eligibility requirements although the candidates were assessed against a range of skills and experience such as a strong understanding of the criminal justice system and a track record of successfully driving organisational improvement.

(v) The selection process for this appointment is well under way. The preferred candidate appeared before the Justice Committee on 12 January 2010. The Committee's report is awaited. Once received the Attorney-General will consider the report before making any appointment.

The Attorney-General's Office holds records on all aspects of the selection process for this appointment.

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