Please ensure that you have read the Information Page for this exercise before submitting an application.
The following instructions are to give you guidance on how to apply for this year’s High Court exercise. The JAC has reviewed the selection process for the High Court exercise and introduced a more streamlined application process. It involves:
- an extended application window of 8 weeks
- assessment against a concise list of the required skills and abilities for the High Court
- a statement of suitability detailing how you demonstrate the skills and abilities, with specific examples from your experience that make you suitable for the role
- a brief factual CV
- 2 examples of written work
- online registration of your profile and preferences
High Court skills and abilities
High Court skills and abilities
For this exercise, a new set of skills and abilities has been developed. Like the competency framework, the set of skills and abilities are based on the Judicial Skills and Abilities Framework used by the judiciary and the Judicial College.
Candidates who have been collating evidence under the competency framework in their preparation for this exercise, will note that the competences of exercising judgement, possessing and building knowledge, assimilating and clarifying information, working and communicating with others, managing work efficiently and leadership are reflected in the new skills and abilities.
Registering your profile
Please register and create your profile
Please note that the information you provide in the career history and legal experience section of your online account will be provided to the panel alongside your CV.
Please note that you must 'apply' for this exercise on our system in order that your profile details are registered against the exercise. Your actual application (covering letter including 2 pieces of work, a CV and a statement of suitability) is to be submitted by email.
Submitting your application
As well as creating an online profile and applying for the exercise on our system, you will need to email the following documents by 13:00 on 13 December 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. a short covering letter that includes:
- Internet links to 2 significant pieces of written work, or judgments or directions, with a brief explanation of up to 250 words (for each piece of work) as to how you demonstrate the required skills and abilities. Please provide online links or Bailii.org references where possible. For those candidates who currently hold judicial office, the panel is most assisted by seeing judgments you have written. Otherwise the written evidence can comprise legal advice, a legal opinion, or a document that demonstrates legal analysis such as a published article, public lecture, ruling, arbitrator’s award or anything else which you authored alone and which you consider appropriate. It is acceptable to anonymise parties or places if appropriate.
- the division(s) of the High Court (Queen’s Bench, Chancery, Family) for which you wish to be considered
- any dates during the period 29 March to 8 May 2019 when you would not be available for a selection day
- the names and contact details of 2 independent assessors
- details of any potential conflicts of interest
2. a brief factual CV in a format of your choice but of no more than 2 sides of A4 (Arial, size 11)
3.a statement of suitability of no more than 4 sides of A4 (Arial, size 11). You should explain why you consider your expertise, personal qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability, with specific reference to the High Court skills and abilities.
This is an important part of your application because the panel assesses the information in your statement of suitability against the High Court skills and abilities to determine whether you meet the requirements of the post. You must provide the panel with enough information to make a decision.
- read the High Court skills and abilities to understand what you need to demonstrate
- consider how your own experience relates to or is transferable to the skills and abilities
- reflect on roles, tasks and situations in which you demonstrated those skills and abilities
- select specific examples that best demonstrate the skills and abilities as they are set out
4. a signed copy of the consent form
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