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.
High Court skills and abilities
High Court Skills and Abilities
Candidates are assessed at every stage of the selection process against the High Court skills and abilities which are based on the Judicial Skills and Abilities Framework used by the judiciary and the Judicial College.
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 26 November 2019 to HCJ.firstname.lastname@example.org
1. a short covering letter provided in Word (not PDF) that includes:
- Internet links (where available) to 2 significant pieces of written work with a brief explanation of up to 250 words (for each piece of work) as to how you demonstrate the required skills and abilities. For those candidates who currently hold judicial office, the panel is usually best assisted by seeing judgments you have written although they accept that you may have other types of work that better demonstrate the requisite complexity of legal issues addressed. 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. If you submit a judgment, please provide an online link which is publicly accessible or Bailii.org references where possible.
- the division(s) of the High Court (Queen’s Bench, Chancery, Family) for which you wish to be considered
- any dates during the period 24 March to 30 April 2020 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
Please note, those candidates who wish to be considered for a post in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) should make this clear in the covering letter (alongside your divisional preferences) and provide 250 words that briefly set out how you meet the additional information specific to this post, namely that you have: a) experience in this specialism, b) the requisite knowledge of the specialism and c) demonstrate the ability to transfer your knowledge and experience to the level of complexity of work undertaken in the High Court.
Candidates who wish to be considered for the above will be asked additional questions at the selection day in order to test suitability for this specialist post.
2. a brief factual CV in a format of your choice but of no more than 2 sides of A4 (Arial, size 11)
Candidates should use the CV as an opportunity to draw the panel’s attention to the standout moments in their career; in short, the CV should act as an highlights reel specifically pulling out the things that have provided you with the experience and skills necessary to apply for the High Court.
In contrast, the legal experience and career history section of your JAC online profile provides the panel with a factual and chronological timeline of your career to date but does not offer the same opportunity as the CV to unpack specific cases or specific roles that provide evidence of your ability to transfer your skills to the High Court bench.
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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