A selection exercise for High Court judges will launch on Thursday 12 January 2017 at 1pm.
There are up to 25 vacancies across the 3 divisions: up to 15 in the Queen’s Bench division, up to 5 in the Family division and up to 5 in the Chancery division.
For the first time the Lord Chancellor has waived the requirement for previous judicial experience for all 3 divisions. Practitioners of exceptional ability may apply if they can demonstrate the necessary transferable skills and expertise. They must show the ability to hold the authority of a courtroom and make judgements based on balanced analysis of highly complex issues of fact and law.
Candidates must be a solicitor or barrister with 7 years post-qualification experience engaged in law-related activities.
There will be 2 application tracks for this recruitment of High Court judges. The first track will be on similar lines to past JAC selection exercises; the second track is designed to take account of experience gained at High Court level as a Section 9 judge.
Details of the 2 application tracks and how to apply are on the High Court information page. You can also read more about the role of a High Court judge and the work of the 3 High Court divisions.
Salaried part-time working will be available in all 3 divisions. The JAC welcomes applications from groups currently under-represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.
All successful candidates will be expected to offer at least 5 years in office.