Judicial Posts Assessment Centre
DCA (now the Ministry of Justice)
The Primary Objective:
To ensure that the selection process to appoint key judicial posts was based on merit and promoted fairness and diversity.
The assessment centre was designed around competencies developed by Human Assets following a job analysis. The exercises were developed in close collaboration between Human Assets consultants and members of a working party that included senior judges. The exercises were designed to reflect the role as closely as possible so that candidates had the opportunity to 'sit' as a judge and make decisions as if in a real court. This provided assessors with valuable evidence of each candidate's potential as a judge and also afforded the candidate with a 'taster' of what the role would really be like. The exercises were carefully designed to be fair to those from different legal backgrounds.
How Human Assets Helped:
The assessment centre provided a greater breadth of evidence than the previous interview-only process. The selection panel made appointment recommendations on the basis of a more rounded picture of each candidate's skills and abilities. The process was transparent so that candidates, and other interested parties, could clearly understand the basis for decisions made.