Headlines: May 18th, 1998

For those who are able to demonstrate a record of positive achievement at senior management level in a Government Department or large multi-disciplinary organisation there is an opening for a new career in the Court Service. Although the post of Chief Executive does not require any specific legal qualifications, it does need the ability to command the confidence of the judiciary and others in the judicial system.The Court Service was hived off from the Lord Chancellor’s Department in 1995 and provides support for the court system in England and Wales. The Chief Executive is responsible for 9600 staff in headquarters in London and in 450 regional centres. The annual budget is £600m and the Service collects some £300m.

The post carries a salary of £95,000 plus performance pay and a four year contract is being offered, with a possibility of extension. Other qualities required for the post include: excellent leadership skills, an ability to think strategically and highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.

The current Chief Executive, Michael Huebner, has been appointed to head the Judicial Appointments Group at the Headquarters of the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

Further details and an application form are available from Heather Atkinson, Lord Chancellor’s Department on 0171 210 8667.