In the forward programme we set out the pattern of selection exercises for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) expects to run until 2022. It has been jointly agreed by the JAC, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), HMCTS and Judicial Office.
Knowing the cycle of selection exercises we hope will assist candidates in deciding which roles to apply for, and when and how to prepare for future applications by, for example, seeking mentoring or observing judicial work. It should also help the courts and tribunals with their resource planning.
Who decides which selection exercises are run?
The MoJ commissions the JAC to run a selection exercise in a vacancy request setting out the number of posts, the jurisdiction and or the circuit or region. Each year the JAC jointly agrees with the MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office which selection exercises are to be commissioned for the following financial year.
The Forward Programme for 2017 to 2022 indicates likely future needs for recruitment. Some exercises may be generic to a particular level, such as First-tier Tribunal or Circuit Judge, rather than specific to a jurisdiction or location. Specific details of ad hoc requests for a selection exercise, for example from other government departments, will be published as soon as possible before the exercises are launched.
- Senior appointments: Court of Appeal Justice, High Court Judge
- Courts: Circuit Judge, District Judge, Authorisation to sit as Deputy High Court Judge section 9(4), Authorisation to act as Deputy High Court Judge section 9(1), Recorder, Deputy District Judge
Every 18 months
- Tribunals: Salaried Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal
Every 2 years
- Courts: District Judge (magistrates’ courts), Deputy District Judge (magistrates’ courts)