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Help judges make the right decisions in disability cases

by admin | 25th October 2012

Help judges make the right decisions in disability cases

There are opportunities available for individuals who work with disabled people in their profession or as a volunteer, or who are disabled themselves, to work with judges to help ensure the right decisions are made in benefits appeals cases involving disability.

Across Britain from 29 October 2012, there are vacancies for approximately 300 Fee-Paid Disability Member roles to sit as judicial office holders in the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber. These roles involve working on a panel, with a judge and a medically qualified member, to analyse the evidence and reach a decision on the effects of disability and entitlement to benefits.

The role

Your role will be to sit as a judicial office holder in the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, working as part of a panel, with a judge and a medically qualified member. Together, you will analyse the evidence, consider the facts, applying the relevant law and contributing to the provision of a reasoned written judgement by the Tribunal Judge.

You will be needed for a minimum of 15 days per year at the tribunal, with the option for significantly more work, and will be paid £192 per day.

Tribunal hearings are normally held on week days and you would not be needed for more than three days in any one week. You will be appointed to a primary venue close to your home and a secondary venue, to be agreed with the tribunal. All travel costs are paid. You will need to attend the tribunal in person, carers can also be present, and reasonable adjustments will be made for members with disabilities. There is flexibility around the dates you will be required for hearings; personal circumstances and commitments will be accommodated wherever possible.

Initial and ongoing training is provided.

To find out more about the role visit http://jac.judiciary.gov.uk/

The tribunal
The tribunal mainly deals with appeals against decisions about social security benefits, including Disability Living Allowance.
To find out more about the tribunal, visit

http://www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/sscs

The person

You do not need to be legally qualified. You will need to be experienced in dealing with the physical or mental needs of disabled people through either working with disabled individuals in your profession or as a volunteer, or because you are disabled.

These roles are not open to registered medical practitioners.

Key terms and conditions
. The appointment is for five years. Further 5-year periods are possible up to the normal retirement age.

. The normal retirement age is 70.

The closing date is for applications is noon on 12 November 2012

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