We are currently recruiting across England in the following areas:

  • South West (Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Avon)
  • Oxfordshire
  • Thames Valley
  • South East (Sussex & Kent)
  • London
  • Essex/Hertfordshire
  • Durham/ Northumberland
  • East Midlands (Derbyshire and Lincolnshire)
  • North West (Manchester, Liverpool and Chester areas)
  • West Midlands (Worcestershire)


Applications will close at midnight, November 5th.

Apply now

If you’d like to become a Lay Observer please download and complete an application form and email it to: LayObservers@justice.gsi.gov.uk.

Please call us on 020 3334 3265 or email LayObservers@justice.gsi.gov.uk if you have any questions.



Please note that the political activity form above is mandatory and must accompany your application form when submitted.


MoJ diversity in public appointments statement:
The Ministry of Justice is working hard to build a world class organisation and to recruit public appointees who are as diverse as the society they represent.
IMB appointments and re-appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Commissioner requires that MoJ supplies anonymised monitoring information for appointees and re-appointees. Whilst the above diversity form is not mandatory, we would appreciate your taking the time to complete the above diversity monitoring form.

This information will always be treated in confidence and it will allow us to run more successful recruitment exercises in the future and ensure that competitions are fair for all.