‘ALL-FEMALE’ TRIBUNALS COME UNDER FIRE AFTER THE EX-CLLR ROB CURTIS CASE

The Adjudication Panel for Wales is based at Welsh Government Offices in Llandrindod Wells

The Adjudication Panel for Wales is based at Welsh Government Offices in Llandrindod Wells

The Welsh Labour Government First Minister Carwyn Jones’s apparent practice of appointing only women to serve on the Case Tribunal panels of the Adjudication Panel for Wales, is being challenged by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Standards Committee – the committee which oversees the conduct of councillors.

Former Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Rob Curtis quit in August this year after being suspended.

Former Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Rob Curtis quit in August last year after being suspended.

The move comes in the wake of the case of former Councillor and Vale ‘cabinet’ member Rob Curtis (Labour Gibbonsdown) who quit the council in August last year after being suspended by the Adjudication Panel for Wales for bringing the council into disrepute.

Ex Cllr Curtis objected to the composition of an all-female panel which sat in judgement on him . [ Cllr Curtis had earlier pleaded guilty at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court to common assault on a 17-year-old-girl with whom he had been on a birdwatching expedition on the island of Skomer, Pembrokeshire. The common assault charge had been substituted for an original charge of sexual assault which had been dropped by the court]

The women found that the conduct of Councillor Curtis was “unacceptable” , concluded that he hadbrought his office into disrepute” and suspended him from acting as a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and of Barry Town Council for a period of three months.  Cllr Curtis subsequently quit both councils.

Later the  Vale of  Glamorgan Council’s Standards Committee determined that “ for the perception of fairness, all Case Tribunals should have both male and female members.”  and fired off a letter to the Adjudication Council for Wales pointing out that this was their consensus.

Now the Adjudication Panel has undertaken to notify the Vale Standards Committee before the recruitment is completed . The Adjudication Panel’s reply will be considered bny the Vale Standards Committee tomorrow.   The recruitment process is carried out by the Judicial Appointments Committee – who come up with a shortlist for the First Minister.

PDN NOTE : The current members of the Adjudication Panel are : –
Mrs Claire Sharp – President
Ms Claire Jones
Miss Susan Hurds
Dr Glenda Jones
Miss Siân Jones
Ms Juliet Morris

The pay of members is as follows

  • President £489 a day
  • Legal members – £410 a day
  • Lay members – £250 a day

Fluent Welsh is required for most posts. There is an upper age limit of 70 and no-one above 70 will be considered for appointment .

 

 

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12 Responses to ‘ALL-FEMALE’ TRIBUNALS COME UNDER FIRE AFTER THE EX-CLLR ROB CURTIS CASE

  1. Paul says:

    Really, fluent Welsh?
    So nothing to do with being the best person for the job.
    May as well say English people shouldn’t apply
    Racists

  2. Frank Evans says:

    Jobs for the girls. Having to be fluent in Welsh is an evil discriminatory practice designed to make wales a backward inward looking country. The brain drain is in full swing, GVA still falling and all our politicians want is more hand outs.
    Never mind about dressing up in curtains our supreme leader should shake the tafia types up not make up new stupid rules, the man is an embarrassment.

  3. Chris David says:

    Disregarding the case in hand is this even legal? Ageist and sexist, All very wrong and more PC “nuttery” by the wasteful WG. My bet is they discriminate against non Welsh speakers to?

    • Lindsay says:

      Chaps. Kindred spirits or conjoined twins?

      • Frank Evans says:

        Look at the time stamps on the two posts! Do you rally believe the same person types both and then hits return at the same time while having access to two separate IP addresses? If so you may well in less educated than some of the labour politicians you constantly support.

      • J24 says:

        Frank it is very easy to have two separate IP addresses, and very easy to type a sentence in under a minute. Your ignorance is telling.

      • Frank Evans says:

        Thanks for the IP tips lyndsay!!

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    Ucha fi.

  5. Ann Other says:

    It is very unlikely that all these females are there entirely on merit – and, indeed, they hardly could be if there is a policy to acquire only female panel members and their sex is their primary qualification. If this is the case, it is certainly wrong and probably illegal. Sexism is wrong both ways round and whether the beneficiaries are men or women. If it would seem wrong to have only males on the panel, then it should also seem wrong to have only females on the panel. That is all there is to it, really, isn’t it?

    • Chris David says:

      Well said- and don’t forget the ageism. Ty suggest anyone over 70 isn’t competent! Oh its sometimes the reverse given the experience many intelligent over 70’s have. I hope the WG get challenged in the courts. Time wasters.

  6. Clive says:

    Democratic Diversity Deviance
    The cup runneth over

  7. Paul says:

    Was he hoping for a better verdict, if the tribunal had had some men on it, then…..

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