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The JAC makes significant efforts to ensure our processes are fair and all applicants receive equal treatment.
Under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the JAC has a statutory duty to:
In addition to our duty under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the Equality Act 2010 applied a general duty to public authorities to:
The JAC is also subject to specific duties set out in regulations which came into force on 10 September 2011, which, require it to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating compliance with the equality duty and to set specific, measurable equality objectives.
The JAC's single equality scheme sets out our commitment to discourage these duties in one document, our Equality Objectives. The objectives are set for 2012-2016 and are split into four distinct areas; outreach, fair and open processes, monitoring and promoting diversity with our staff. Objective 4 refers to four specific areas, namely; gender; ethnicity, disability and professional background, this is in line with the Commission's identified under represented groups. However, all protected characteristics, as defined in the Equality Act 2010, are considered when carrying out equality assessments.Equality Assessment
The JAC conducts equality impact assessments to ensure that our policies, processes and services do not discriminate against anyone and that, where possible, we promote equality of opportunity.
The equality impact assessments enables us to consider the likely impact of work on different groups of people based on a protected characteristic as defined in the Equality Act 2010.