If shortlisted, candidates will be invited to a selection day, which can include:
- a panel interview
- situational questioning about scenarios you may face as a judge
- role play, simulating a court or tribunal environment
- making a presentation
Your invitation to selection day will explain which selection methods will be used.
When planning selection days the JAC tries, as far as is practicable, to avoid school holiday dates and judicial holidays. It is not possible to avoid all religious festivals that may occur for our candidates. We therefore do not attempt to avoid religious festivals, not least also because some festival dates cannot be determined many months ahead as required by our planning process.
If you are unable to attend a selection day on the date specified due to exceptional circumstances, which might include religious observances or a religious holiday, the JAC will arrange for you to attend the selection day on a later date, which will usually fall no more than a week after the original date.
Panels usually have 3 members including a chair, judicial member and an independent member. Your invitation to selection day will explain who is on your panel.
The panel will ask questions to give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the competency framework for the role.
You may be asked about the examples in your application self-assessment and could be asked to give additional examples.
Video example of an interview
The selection panel is not trying to catch you out and will do their best to put you at ease.
Observers may be present during some interviews. They are there only to observe the panel and not the candidate.
If the interview includes situational questioning, you will be told in advance.
Situational questioning involves asking you what you would do in a specific situation, based on challenging, real-life scenarios. It may include a role play.
Information about the situation will be given out before the interview so you can prepare.
The role play simulates a court or tribunal environment. Candidates take on the role of a judicial office holder and respond to a scenario with professional actors playing the other roles in the scenario.
It assesses how you deal with the situations you may face and decisions you will have to make if you are appointed.
You will be expected to demonstrate how well you meet the competency framework and whether you can maintain your performance under challenge and pressure.
Role plays are used in exercises where the JAC expects most candidates will be entering the judiciary for the first time.
Watch The Law Society’s role play example video
The following documents were used in role plays for previous selection exercises:
Presentations may be used for certain senior roles, usually those which require leadership and management skills.
If the interview includes a presentation, usually you will be told in advance and briefed on the topic you will need to cover.
You will usually be asked to give the presentation at the start of the interview. You cannot use visual aids such as PowerPoint.
Panel members assess all the information about each candidate and their performance at selection days and agree which candidates best meet the required competencies.
The panel chair then completes a panel report giving an overall assessment. This forms part of the information presented to the Commission.
Rearranging selection days
In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to change to another day within the range of dates available.
However, if you cannot attend any of the dates, you may have to withdraw from the selection exercise as the JAC cannot reconvene the panel at other times.
If you need reasonable adjustments to attend the selection day, you should tell the JAC so staff can make arrangements.
If you did not tell the JAC when you applied, or your circumstances have changed, contact the reasonable adjustments officer as soon as possible.
On your selection day, the front of house officer will be there to assist you.
The JAC is unable to reimburse any expenses incurred attending the selection day.
Exceptions to this rule may be made to help those with a disability.
Personal possessions, including phones and tablets, can usually be taken into the preparation and interview. If not, you will be told in your invitation letter.
Alternatively, you can store your valuables in lockers, which will be offered to candidates at the beginning of the selection day.
Water will be available in the waiting area but no other refreshments will be provided.Access to wifi is not guaranteed.
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