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Your Conduct and Character
Good character is essential for this role. This is because it is important for holders of judicial office, in and out of office, to maintain public confidence in their own impartiality and in the impartiality of the judiciary in general. Those who aspire to such office should maintain the highest standards of behaviour in their professional, public and private lives. Please follow the below link to a guidance document that provides details of the policies which apply to this role. Good character guidance.
In your application you will be asked to provide information and make declarations with regard to your good character, including but not limited to; any convictions or cautions, bankruptcy and professional misconduct. You will also be asked to supply reference details of a person of good standing who has known you within a professional or private capacity for at least five years. Your referee will need to be able to comment on your good character, conduct and suitability for this role (if you are shortlisted).
Non-legal members are holders of judicial office and, as such, subject to the same guiding principles as Judges and Magistrates as detailed within the Guide to Judicial Conduct, which can be viewed here: Guide to judicial conduct.
In summary, there are three basic principles guiding judicial conduct:
- Judicial independence;