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PMDS – an overview

The Managing Solicitor (assisted, where appropriate, by the Managing Solicitor Grade II) is responsible for managing the performance of the law centre as a whole and of individual staff in the law centre. One of the principal tools available to managers in the Board is the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) which is used throughout the Civil and Public Service. Participation in the PMDS process is compulsory for all staff. The PMDS process is carried out by engagement between the staff member and their direct line manager. In most law centres this will be the managing solicitor. In larger law centres, the Managing Solicitor Grade I and Managing Solicitor Grade II may share this task. Managing solicitors participate in PMDS with the Director of Civil Legal Aid/Regional Manager. This Chapter deals with some aspects of managing performance. Other responsibilities are detailed elsewhere, including the Board’s Circular on Legal Services.