Recruitment of lay panel members

THE GUERNSEY BAR : CHAMBRE DE DISCIPLINE LAY PANEL

• Can you make fair, objective and unbiased decisions?

• Can you demonstrate an ability to sift through and where necessary, challenge, complex evidence from multiple sources in order to reach incisive judgments?

• Do you have well developed interviewing skills?

• Have you held a senior position of authority?

• Do you have high ethical standards?

• Have you never been a member of a legal profession in any jurisdiction?

The Bar Appointments Committee is recruiting new Members to join the panel of lay persons for the Bar Chambre de Discipline, to hear and determine complaints of professional misconduct against members of the Guernsey Bar.

 

If you feel that you would be able to consider both sides of a case presented and reach a judgement in accordance with the appropriate legislation (The Guernsey Bar (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2007), please visit www.guernseybar.com.Further information can be obtained from the Bâtonnier, Advocate Mark Dunster tel: 01481 727272 /e-mail: [email protected] or from the President, Richard Green e-mail: [email protected].  The closing date for applications is Friday 12th June 2015.

 

The Guernsey Bar website says:

"The Bar Appointments Committee is looking to recruit new members to serve on the lay panel of the Bar Chambre de Discipline.

 

The Chambre de Discipline was set up in accordance with The Guernsey Bar (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2007, as a mechanism by which professional misconduct complaints against members of the Guernsey Bar could be heard. There are 3 panels from which members of the Chambre are selected, a Lay panel, an Advocates’ panel and a Senior Lawyers panel. The 5 members of the lay panel are appointed for a period not exceeding 5 years.

 

The purpose of the Chambre is essentially to protect the public

•by ensuring that Advocates meet high standards, and

•by acting when risks are identified.

 

An Advocate’s profession in Guernsey includes just under 20 practices of varying sizes.  Advocates also work in the public sector and in-house within companies.  All Advocates follow the same professional principles and rules of conduct.  They are admitted as Advocates by the Royal Court of Guernsey, to practice the laws of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark in the Bailiwick. 

Interested parties are asked to submit an expression of interest to the Bailiff detailing their professional and other relevant experience together with a covering letter indicating their reasons for applying for this position. Any appointment will be subject to the approval of the Appointments Committee set up under the Law.

Although no specific qualifications are required for the position, candidates must be ordinarily resident in the Bailiwick and must not be a member of the Juvenile Court Panel, or of any tribunal in the Bailiwick. Further, lay panel members must also not be, or have ever been, a member of a legal profession in any jurisdiction. It is necessary for candidates to be able to evaluate often complex information and to make unbiased and balanced decisions according to high ethical standards.  Training and further guidance will be provided."

Further information about the role, can be obtained by contacting the Bâtonnier, Advocate Mark Dunster tel: 01481 727272 /e-mail: [email protected] or from the President, Richard Green e-mail: [email protected] The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 12th June 2015.

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