The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is now inviting applications for the post of Resident Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber
13 April 2016 at 13:00
Closing date: 27 April 2016 at 13:00
Number of vacancies: Two Vacancies
Locations: Birmingham (Sheldon Court) and London (Taylor House)
Salary: £132,184 (Salary Group 6.1)
There are two vacancies; one in Birmingham (Sheldon Court) and one in London (Taylor House).
A Resident Judge must live within reasonable travelling distance of the venue(s) at which he or she will sit. No application for a transfer may be made until a judge has served five years in the venue to which they are appointed.
You are required to indicate on your application the venue(s) you do wish to be considered for. Location information will be collated only for deployment purposes. You may be recommended for any post in which you express an interest. It is, therefore, very important that you consider which locations you are prepared to work in. Please note that selections are made solely on merit.
Please click on the following link for advice on selecting location preferences.
Overview of the role
A Resident Judge will be expected to sit at least 50% of the time in the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber, either alone or in developmental panels hearing substantive and more complex appeals. A Resident Judge is the principal at their assigned Regional Hearing Centre and will work closely with any Designated Judge/Assistant Resident Judge in post in their region.
In addition to sitting as a judge, the Resident Judge exercises a delegated responsibility from the President for the allocation of cases to Immigration Judges in the Region. The main activities of a Resident Judge include:
- Judicial Management
- Case Management
- Liaison with Administration
- Liaison with Stakeholders
If you wish to discuss the role further please email the President’s Office, IACJudiciaryPresidentsOfficeInbox@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk to make arrangements. Please ensure that all emails are marked 'JAC Competition Resident Judge'.
Terms and conditions can be found here.
Job description can be found here.
By clicking on the following links you can access general advice about the application process and comprehensive advice on completing the candidate self-assessment.
In order to be considered for appointment for this post, you must meet the following eligibility requirements. As we will not be assessing eligibility until after the shortlisting stage, it is your responsibility, and in your own interest, to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting an application.
Judges of the First-tier Tribunal are appointed by the Senior President of Tribunals under paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Tribunals. Courts and Enforcement (TCE) Act 2007, further amended by Schedule 13 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013 a person is eligible for appointment as a judge of the First-tier Tribunal if the person:
(a) satisfies the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis;
(b) is an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least five years' standing;
(c) is a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least five years standing, or
(d) in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, has gained experience in law which makes the person as suitable for appointment as if the person satisfied any of paragraphs (a) to (c)
The TCE Act 2007 introduced the ‘judicial-appointment eligibility condition’. You will have to show that:
- you have possessed a relevant legal qualification;
- for the requisite period; and
- that whilst holding that qualification you have been gaining legal experience
The meaning of “gain experience in the law” is set out in section 52(2) to (5) of the TCE Act and relates to a period engaged in law related activities. “Relevant qualification” means a solicitor, a barrister or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Additional Selection Criteria
The Lord Chancellor expects that candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience. Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.
The meaning of "directly relevant experience" is sitting as judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity. For fee-paid judges at the point of application, the length of directly relevant previous judicial experience should be a minimum 30 completed sitting days, not including days taken for training purposes or sickness, since appointment in a fee paid capacity.
Candidates must be either a UK Citizen or a Citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland at the time of application.
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as a Resident Judge must allow for a reasonable length of service before retirement, usually for these posts it is five years.
The Commission will make the decision as to whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service.
You should note that the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 applies to this office. For further details please refer to the outline terms and conditions.
Please click here to read the competency framework for the role before making your application.
Throughout the exercise you will be assessed against the competency framework for a Resident Judge and you will have to provide specific examples in your self-assessment to demonstrate your suitability for the role.
Reading about candidates previously selected for judicial roles is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed.
Read case studies
Open for applications: 13 April 2016 at 13:00
Close for applications: 27 April 2016 at 13:00
Reference requested: 29 April 2016
Deadline for the receipt of references: 13 May 2016
Outcome of shortlisting issued: 10 June 2016
Selection Days: 20-21 June 2016
Outcome of selection days issued: Late July 2016
Your online application plays an important part in the selection process, you must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.
Please ensure that you read the competencies for the post and the job description before making your application. There are six competencies in total which list the behaviours of a Resident Judge who is performing the role effectively.
The self-assessment section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post. You must provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience are transferable into the post to enable you to perform effectively in the role. You should link your examples to the competencies required for the post and take into consideration the requirements of the job description.
Any information in excess of 250 words per box will not be used to support your application. Note form is acceptable. Guidance on completing your self-assessment is available here.
Shortlisting is by way of a paper sift, taking into account the information contained in your application and references.
Individual feedback will be provided to candidates who have not been successful following the sift. For this exercise we aim to provide this feedback within approximately six weeks of the outcome email.
Please click on this link for general information about paper sifts
Please click on this link for general information about feedback reports
Referees are approached before the sift takes place and the evidence they provide will inform decisions during the selection process. References should provide evidence that you have the competencies and behaviours relevant to this role. Please read the reference guidance before completing your application.
References will be requested on 29 April 2016 and must be returned by 13 May 2016. Late references may not be considered, therefore you are advised to notify your referees in advance that you intend to apply and inform them of the date we will be requesting the reference.
Whilst there are four boxes for reference details you are only required to provide a maximum of two references.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your referee will be via email; therefore it is imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your referee being contacted. Please ensure you only nominate two referees from the categories below:
- If you are a fee-paid judge you will need to provide one judicial referee and one professional referee.
- If you are a salaried judge you will need to provide two judicial referees.
- If you do not currently hold a judicial post, you will need to provide two professional referees, one of whom may be a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role.
These are from someone who can provide evidence based examples of your performance in your profession against the competencies for this post. One of these professional referees should ideally be your line manager, head of chambers, or equivalent.
These are from a relevant judge who can provide evidence based examples of your performance as a judicial office holder against the competencies for this post. These are required only if you currently hold a fee-paid or salaried judicial appointment. One of these judicial referees must be your leadership judge, appraiser or equivalent.
Please do not nominate a JAC Commissioner as a referee. A full list of the Commissioners can be found here. In addition you should not nominate Judge Michael Clements, President of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber or Judge John Aitken, President of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber as your referee.
If you have any queries about who to nominate as your referee please contact the JAC to discuss further.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
A signed copy of the consent form can be found attached to this page and should be completed and returned to email@example.com by 13 June 2016.
Failure to declare any matters that come to light from the JAC's checks may prejudice the outcome of your application. Please read the good character guidance before applying. You may update the character section of your JAC profile at any time. This is your continuing responsibility throughout the process for any matter that may arise up to the point of appointment.
If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection day which will take place in London on 20-21 June 2016. It is not possible to offer an alternative selection day outside of this period.
The selection day for this exercise will comprise a presentation, situational questioning and a competency based interview.
The interview will consist of a panel seeking evidence from you against the competencies for the post. Further details will be sent with the invitation to attend.
The overall assessment by the panel is provided to the Commission when it makes its selection decisions. Please click this link for more information about selection day, including interviews
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled candidates are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those suffering from short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found here in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy.
As required by the Judicial Appointment Regulations 2013, the JAC is required to consult a person (other than the Appropriate Authority) who has held the office for which the selection is to be made, or who has other relevant experience. For this exercise the JAC will consult with Judge John Aitken, President of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber. The information provided by the Statutory Consultee will be used to inform selection decisions.
Please click this link for more information on statutory consultation
Equal merit provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. If the Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, a candidate may be selected for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Committee will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the tribunals judiciary (as of 30 July 2015), based upon primary appointment, as published on the judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom ('usual residents') aged 25-74 that are women is 50.4%, while BAME is 11.3%. The proportion of those that are women is 45% and of those who declared their ethnicity 15% declared they were from a BAME background.
Diversity information for previous selection exercises is available through the JAC's official statistics pages.
The Selection and Character Committee will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointment Regulations 2013.
For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals, who can accept or reject a recommendation, or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.
When considering the candidates to recommend for appointment, the Commission will consider all the information gathered, which includes the overall assessment report from the selection panel and statutory consultation comments.
Please note that the Committee examines any potential character issues that may affect a candidate’s suitability for appointment.
Outcome of the exercise
Please note that we will issue results by email to all those who attended a selection day at the same time. We hope this will be at the end of July 2016.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within six weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
If you are offered a post you will normally be expected to take up the post within six months.
Dependant on the successful candidate, training will be arranged accordingly.
Successful candidates may already have had leadership and management training. Any successful candidates that haven’t attended the leadership and management course will be required to do so.
The successful candidates will have access to the judicial college training prospectus on appointment.
This will be required unless you are an existing salaried judicial office holder at group 6.1 and above.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the selection exercise team at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general enquires please call 020 3334 0123.
Ian Robertson - Selection Exercise Officer
Tel: 020 334 6918
Jenny Ballance - Selection Exercise Team Manager
Tel: 020 3334 6376
Kas Patel - Senior Selection Exercise Team Manager
Tel: 020 3334 6567