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Lay Interviewers For Judicial Office

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 25 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What are the names, occupations and qualifications of those lay interviewers who are involved in assessing applicants for judicial office. up to and including Circuit Judges. [HL1069]

The attached table lists the current lay interviewers who are involved in the assessment of candidates for judicial office up to and including Circuit Judges and their occupations as stated at the time of their appointment. Details of their formal qualifications are not required as part of the selection process.

Lord Chancellor's Department Lay Interviewers
Annie AndersonHousewife
Kodavoor Ramachandra Aithal JPCompany Director
Eileen Vera Baglin-Jones JPEducation Officer, Oxfordshire County Council
David Graham BarrettRetired Local Government Official
Bernard William James Baxter JPRetired Headteacher
Alison Helen BernaysSelf-employed in farming and Rural Tourism
Colin Leonard Bird JPScientist, IBM UK Laboratories
Stuart Paul Blakey JPRetired Personnel Manager
Leonora Angela Evike Brydon JPRetired Headteacher
Stella Clarke JPDirector of Catering Company
Susan Elizabeth Clarke JPDirector of Automation Systems Company
Dr. John Philip Davies JPRetired Headteacher
Dr. Elspeth Clarkson JPConsultant Pathologist
Gillian Charity Cooper JPCompany/General Secretary
Dr. Jill Diprose JPCommunity Paediatrician
Gordon Dixon JPRetired Personnel Manager
Cecily Sarah EdenDirector Health Promotion, Birmingham CHT
Henry Elwes JPLord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Brain Edward Evans JPRetired Senior Engineer, East Midlands Electrictity
Reverend Barbara Fletcher JPRetired Librarian and Part-Time Minister
Douglas John Green MBE JPRetired Marketing Services Manager
Susan Elizabeth GreenCommunity and Mental Health Trust worker
Margaret Hazel Henley JPRetired Training Scheme Manager
Alan Anderson HepburnDirector of Employee Relations, Jaguar Cars
Wendy Elizabeth Hickling JPChairman. Fosse Health Trust
Pamela Doreen Homer JPNursing Director
Elizabeth Margaret Innes JPHousewife
Anthony Clifford Owen James JPSecurity & Emergency Services Manager
Winfhrop Bismarck Jones JPRetired Head of Dental Services
Brenda Jane Macaskill JPRetired Social Worker
Elizabeth Angela Mason JPPR for St. John's Ambulance
Leo Murphy JPHeadteacher
Dr. Sandra Valerie Isabella Naik JPMedical Practitioner, Jessop Hospital for Women
Rosalind Jane Neary JPRetired Dental Therapist
Deirdre Morag Newham JPBusiness Counsellor
Susan Norton JPAssistant Staff Manager, John Lewis
Phyllis Doreen Parfitt JPRetired Computer Operator

Lord Chancellor's Department Lay Interviewers



Rita Ann Piepe JPSenior University Accommodation Officer
Carola Forsteen Ramsden JPHousewife
Dr Raj K. Raja RayanDental Practitioner
Dr. Julie Ruth Richardson JPCourse Tutor, Open University
Diane Mary Shepherd JPManagement Consultant
David Hall Smith JPRetired Headteacher
Peter Simpson JPCompany Managing Director & Business Consultant
David Tempest JPPersonnel & Training Manager
Kathrin Elizabeth Thomas JPChairman Bro Taf Health Authority
Robert John Williams JPPrincipal St. Aidans College, Durham University
Judith Sonia May Worthington JPCo-ordinator of Adult Training & Education

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will set out the criteria that are used in selecting lay interviewers from the members of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace. [HL1070]

The lay interviewers have been selected from among the Chairmen and members of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace who consider candidates for appointment to the lay magistracy and accordingly have experience of both interviewing and the judicial process. Individuals have been considered for appointment as lay interviewers against the following criteria in particular:well-developed skills of assessing people;sufficient knowledge of the judicial system to carry credibility;understanding of the impact of the judicial system on all types of court-user;credibility with the profession and with individual candidates.Account has also been taken of the desirability of maintaining a broad balance within the panel in terms of factors such as gender, ethnic origin and geographical location.