Eligibility non-legal roles

Applicants for Tribunal non-legal roles (often called a tribunal “member” role) are sometimes asked to provide an eligibility statement to demonstrate how you satisfy the eligibility requirements for this post. This will often be quite short (such as 250 words), and will be assessed before your selection day.

Please check that you meet the relevant eligibility criteria before applying for a role.

We can consider candidates’ eligibility at any stage during the selection process and those who do not meet the requirements will not be able to proceed further.

Experience and qualifications

Non-legal posts on tribunals cover a diverse range of areas, such as agriculture, mental health, property and much more.

This means the required experience and qualifications can vary greatly from one vacancy to another.

You will need to check the specific requirements for each post and take account of any specialism, qualifications and minimum period of experience required.

Some of the roles we recruit for are:

First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards)

Tribunal members with substantial experience of educational, child care, health or social care matters apply their specialist knowledge and provide information about professional issues to the Tribunal.

First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber)

Tribunal members with substantial experience in transport operations and its law and practice.  Members sit in appeals from the Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors (fit and proper person appeals).

First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health)

Medical Members have unconditional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) as a fully registered medical practitioner and use their professional expertise to analyse the medical evidence provided in order to advise other tribunal members.

Medical Members (Psychiatrists) have unconditional registration with the GMC and membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as experience of working as a Consultant Psychiatrist.  They use their expertise to advise the other tribunal members and contribute to the decision making of the tribunal.

Specialist Lay Members have experience in a professional capacity of working with people with mental disorders either in hospital or the community. They use their experience and knowledge to advise the other tribunal members.

First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Valuer Members are Chartered Surveyors who consider evidence and apply the law relating to disputes over property and land.

Fee-paid Professional Members have substantial experience in relation to housing or housing conditions and/or in matters relating to landlord and tenant relationships who use their specialist knowledge and expertise in hearings.

Salaried Regional Valuers are Chartered Surveyors who chair Tribunals and hold case management and primary hearings in relation to property and valuation disputes.

First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support)

Medical Members are registered medical practitioners who use their professional expertise to analyse the medical evidence provided in order to advise other tribunal members.

Disability Qualified Tribunal Members are people with a disability or people who work in a voluntary or professional capacity with disabled people. They sit on appeals that involve Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance.

Financially Qualified Members are qualified chartered accountants who use their professional expertise to analyse the financial evidence provided and advise the Judge accordingly.

First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

Lay Members of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal have substantial knowledge and experience of working with children and/or young people with special educational needs and/or disability and use this to participate in the deliberations and decision-making of the Tribunal.

First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation)

Service Members have substantial experience of service in Her Majesty’s naval, military or air forces and participate by providing specific expertise in service matters both during the hearing itself and in the subsequent decision-making process.

Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)

Tribunal members with substantial experience in transport operations and its law and practice sit in appeals from decisions of Traffic Commissioners and decisions of the Transport Regulation Unit in Northern Ireland.

Tribunal members with substantial experience of educational, child care, health or social care matters apply their specialist knowledge and provide information about professional issues to the Tribunal.

Welsh Tribunals

Panel Members for the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales have current knowledge and practical experience of working with children with special educational needs and disabilities and contribute to the work of this small, independent tribunal, making decisions on some of the most vulnerable young people.

Land Owner Lay Members of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales are experienced in land management in Wales and use their skills and experience of rural affairs in Wales to participate in decisions about applications to the Tribunal.

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