If you’ve ever wondered about justice in the armed services, an unusual opportunity to become a Judge Advocate General has arisen.
The JAC is looking for 2 judges to work as Assistant Judge Advocates General.
The roles are part of the historic Service Justice System which has global jurisdiction over all service personnel and civilians. Assistant Judge Advocates General hear all types of criminal cases including murder and serious sexual offences. Trials are conducted in the Court Martial, which is broadly similar to a civilian crown court.
This is a rare opportunity to work as a judge with travel in the UK and overseas. You don’t need military knowledge but you do need judicial experience to apply. Training will be provided.
The role is part of British history:
- the office of Judge Advocate General was created in 1666 to supervise ‘Courts-martial’ and has been held in continuous succession ever since
- judges in the Service Justice System are civilians appointed from the ranks of experienced barristers or solicitors
- a jury, known as the board, is responsible for finding defendants guilty or not guilty; the board and Judge Advocate decide the sentence
- in court the judges wear legal costume: a bench wig and a black gown with a sash in army red with navy blue and air-force blue edges
Who can apply
The 2 roles are full-time and salaried. Existing salaried and fee-paid judges with 30 or more sitting days can apply.
Candidates also need 5 years post-qualification experience as a:
- solicitors or barrister in England or Wales
- advocate or solicitor in Scotland
- member of the Bar in Northern Ireland
One vacancy is immediate and based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The other is expected to arise in the near future and be based in either Catterick or Bulford, Wiltshire. Trials take place at military court centres in Catterick, Bulford, Colchester and Portsmouth or anywhere in the world where the Armed Forces are operating, in particular Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany.
All Judge Advocates additionally sit in the crown court for up to 50 days a year.
The selection is expected to launch on 10 July 2018. Information about the role is on the JAC website.
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