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High Court Judge, January 2017 - Track 1

Closing date:  26 January, 2017 - 13:00

Number of vacancies: Up to 25

Salary: £179,768

Location: Royal Courts of Justice, London

Track 1 is open to existing judges and practitioners, including section 9 judges who might decide to choose this track.

Who can apply

To apply, you must be a solicitor or barrister with 7 years' post qualification experience engaged in law related activities. All successful candidates will be expected to offer at least 5 years in office.

In past High Court exercises, successful candidates will normally have had previous sitting experience as a judge. However this competition is also open to those without it. Such candidates should apply if they can demonstrate the necessary transferable skills and expertise. By way of other relevant experience, whether in court or in other settings, they should show that they will be able to hold the authority of a courtroom, and make judgements based on balanced analysis of highly complex issues of fact and law.

The Commission encourages diversity and 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.

Salaried part-time work

Salaried part-time working opportunities may be available across all 3 divisions, subject to business need and agreement with the appropriate Head of Division.

Application process

For the first time there will be 2 application tracks for the recruitment of High Court judges. The first will be on similar lines to past JAC exercises, the second designed to take account of experience gained at High Court level as a section 9 judge. 

Track 1

The first track is open to existing judges and practitioners, including section 9 judges who might decide to choose this track. It will involve a full self-assessment submitted before the shortlisting stage to show how candidates meet the criteria for appointment, as well as the provision of two independent assessments for consideration at shortlisting. This enables candidates to set out for themselves how they meet the necessary standard. 

Track 2

The second track is designed to take account of the experience of candidates who have recently sat as a section 9 judge.  They do not need to have served for a minimum period, but will have to show that they have sat as a section 9 judge for a minimum 15 days within the last two years stating where and when. Candidates who cannot show this minimum sitting requirement should apply through the first track.

Those applying on the second track will also be asked provide up to 3 judgments, or notes of judgments or determinations.  This information will be considered at shortlisting alongside the candidates’ statement of suitability, which should focus on their experience of sitting as a s9 judge.  Only if successful at shortlisting will candidates be asked for the usual self-assessment, and the names of two people who can provide independent assessments. Apply by Track 2.

Section 9 judges who have sat as section 9 judges for the required number of days in the last 2 years may choose either track, but not both.