After the application deadline for a selection exercise has passed, the shortlisting stage begins.
This process identifies candidates who will progress to the selection days.
There are 2 main methods:
- paper sift: a selection panel, usually consisting of a lay panel chair, a judicial member and an independent member, examines candidates’ self-assessments and independent assessments
- qualifying tests: designed to assess candidates’ ability to perform a judicial role and usually used for larger selection exercises and those below the level of Circuit Judge
Independent assessments (previously called references) are required before a paper sift or after a qualifying test. It will be made clear in the selection exercise information when independent assessments will be requested.
At this time, the JAC also checks that candidates meet the minimum eligibility and good character requirements.
Next stage: qualifying tests