The JAC is responsible for recommending candidates for appointment to the 3 divisions of the High Court: Chancery, Family and Queen’s Bench.
Information about High Court Judge on the Judiciary website
Candidates do not need to be a QC or to have sat as a Deputy High Court Judge. However, they must be high performing lawyers with significant experience.
Applicants will need to be either:
- solicitors or barristers with at least 7 years’ post qualification experience
- circuit judges who have held that office for at least 2 years
Additional selection criteria may be identified by the Lord Chancellor, such as a waiver of previous judicial experience, knowledge of a specific area of law or the ability to work across multiple divisions of the High Court.
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 process initially involves submitting an application, along with a self-assessment, which should address the competencies and make explicit reference to your relevant experience.
References will be required. You cannot nominate JAC Commissioners or the current Lord Chief Justice and Presidents of the relevant division of the High Court as referees.
Selection processes are tailored to each selection exercise and you should refer to the exercise for more details.
Case studies about High Court judges
Research report on High Court candidates [LINK to doc]: this analysis may be useful for those who are qualified to apply but are uncertain about whether to put themselves forward.
Current salary information for High Court judges is on the Ministry of Justice website.
Salaried part-time working
In April 2013 salaried part-time working (SPTW) was extended to the High Court, with a view to increasing diversity.
More information on salaried part-time working