The JAC has a role in recommending candidates for appointment as the Heads of Division in the High Court.
- Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice
- President of the Queen’s Bench Division
- President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice
- The Chancellor of the High Court
Information about these roles on the Judiciary website
To be eligible for appointment as a Head of Division, a candidate must be either:
- qualified for appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal
- a judge of the Court of Appeal
- a judge of the High Court
- a solicitor or barrister with at least 7 years’ post qualification experience
Additional selection criteria or guidance for candidates may be identified by the Lord Chancellor, such as experience sitting as a judge in a higher court.
Selection panel and process
Candidates are assessed against a competency framework for each post and should provide evidence demonstrating how their knowledge and experience meets these competencies.
The selection panel, which is a committee of the Commission, comprises:
- Chairman: the Lord Chief Justice or the Chairman's nominee
- the most senior England and Wales Supreme Court Judge or the judge's nominee
- the Chairman of the JAC or the Chairman's nominee
- a lay member of the JAC Commission designated by the JAC Chairman
- a person nominated by the Lord Chief Justice, in consultation with the Chairman of the JAC or the Chairman's nominee
The panel determines the selection process it will follow. It reports its recommendation to the Lord Chancellor, who can accept or reject it, or ask the panel to reconsider.
Current salary information for Heads of Division is on the Ministry of Justice website.
Documents from previous selection exercise
President QBD Information Pack 2013
President QBD Job Description 2013
President QBD Application Form 2013