Legally Qualified Chairs

Since 2016, Legally Qualified Chairs have been required to preside over gross misconduct hearings held by police forces. This is an integral part of the police disciplinary process.

As part of a joint recruitment and appointment process, applications from suitably qualified individuals are sought to be appointed for the following police force areas:

  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Thames Valley

Appointees will serve a four-year term, and up to 10 new appointments may be made to ensure sufficient availability for hearings across the region. Existing Legally Qualified Chairs for the region need not reapply. 

Applications are sought from qualified legal professionals who have experience in the field or knowledge of the specific regulations and can demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to issues presented.

Successful applicants will have to complete security checks to ensure they are suitable for appointment. Personnel under the direction and control of the Police or Police and Crime Commissioner are not eligible to apply. Applicants must satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis, as set out in section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

For more information about the application process, please download the information pack here

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 29th September. If you have any questions please email

Interviews will be held on 6th and 8th November 2019, at a central location in the region.

Application form

Home Office Draft Police Conduct Regulations 2019

Home Office Draft Complaints and and Misconduct Regulations 2019

Home Office Draft Performance Regulations 2019

Police Complaints and Discipline Draft Regulations Explanatory Notes 

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