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Selection Criteria for Board Members

The National Parole Board (NPB) is an independent, administrative tribunal. The NPB makes decisions on the conditional release for offenders sentenced to federal penitentiaries and for offenders sentenced to provincial institutions in the provinces and territories where there are no provincial or territorial boards of parole. The NPB also renders decisions on the granting of pardons for individuals who were convicted of a criminal offence but who have demonstrated that they are law-abiding citizens, after completion of their sentence.

Following is a list of criteria that are considered in the selection of candidates for full-time and part-time member positions as a National Parole Board Member.

  • Secondary school diploma is essential. University or post-graduate studies and/or degree would be an asset.
  • in a decision-making environment would also be an asset.
  • of the criminal justice system;

  • of the applicable legislation pertaining to NPB - the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CRRA) and the Criminal Records Act (CRA) and its interpretation and application related to conditional release; and

  • of the societal issues impacting on the criminal justice environment including gender, Aboriginal and visible minorities issues.
Abilities / Skills
  • excellent analytical skills;

  • ability to interpret Court decisions;

  • ability to quickly synthesize relevant case information;

  • clear, concise and comprehensive writing and spoken skills;

  • effective interviewing and decision-making skills;

  • efficient in managing and setting priorities; and

  • ability to perform in an environment of high case volume and tight time constraints and to perform in a stressful environment.
Personal Suitability
  • sound judgement;

  • adaptability and flexibility;

  • effective and independent work habits as well as an ability to work as a team member;

  • discretion in managing highly sensitive information; and

  • sensitivity to multiculturalism, gender and Aboriginal issues.
Language Requirements
  • Proficiency in both official languages is required in some instances.

Notice of vacant positions are posted in the Canada Gazette.

    Last Updated: 2005-12-14


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