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Salaried Judges of the First-tier Tribunal

Closing date:  24 May, 2017 - 13:00


The JAC has been asked to identify candidates to recommend for the post of Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. There are 45 immediate vacancies and 20 that are expected to arise in the near future.

Unlike previous exercises for the First-tier Tribunal, which identified candidates for a specific chamber, this exercise will identify candidates who can be deployed to any of the First-tier Tribunal Chambers.

This is an excellent opportunity for solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives from all areas of the professions, as candidates do not need to have previous judicial experience to apply.

Most initial assignments are expected to be to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and the Social Entitlement Chamber. There is also 1 post in the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber. Most assignments will be across England and Wales with 4 expected in Scotland; 2 in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and 2 in the Social Entitlement Chamber.

If you are interested in the role of salaried judge in any First-tier Tribunal jurisdiction, including chambers other than those with immediate vacancies, you should apply in this exercise. Depending on business needs, opportunities could arise in any of the First-tier Tribunal Chambers in the near future.

Salaried part-time work

All vacancies are open to salaried part-time work at a minimum of 50% provided that the recommended candidate(s) make up full-time equivalents. The exact working pattern(s) will have to be agreed between HMCTS, the tribunal and the successful candidate(s) at the time of appointment.

Who can apply

Previous judicial experience is not required to apply for these posts. Please be aware that the statement about previous judicial experience on the personal profile part of the application does not apply to this exercise.

Applications are invited from:

  1. solicitors, barristers and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification experience
  2. advocates and solicitors in Scotland of at least 5 years standing
  3. barristers and solicitors in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing
  4. those who have gained experience in law which, in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, makes them as suitable for appointment as if they satisfy one of the conditions at (a) to (c)

The JAC 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.

About the First-tier Tribunal


The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 created a new 2-tier tribunal system: a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The new structure brought together individual tribunals that had similar interests or operating practices into Chambers.

The 7 First-tier Tribunal Chambers are:

  • General Regulatory
  • Health, Education and Social Care
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Property
  • Social Entitlement
  • Tax
  • War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation

Each Chamber is headed by a Chamber President; overall responsibility for the tribunal system and judiciary rests with the Senior President of Tribunals.

View the tribunal structure and find out more about the jurisdictions within each Chamber.


Tribunals often sit as panels consisting of a legally qualified chair (the judge) and non-legal members with specific areas of expertise, though certain types of cases or appeals can be presided over by a judge sitting alone.

Except in cases that involve national security or evidence of a very personal nature, substantive final hearings in tribunal cases are held in public. During the hearing the judge must ensure that the overriding objective (to deal with cases fairly and justly) is observed, which will include all parties having the opportunity to participate in proceedings as fully and fairly as possible. Many cases involve individuals putting their own case forward without legal assistance. The judge should therefore help ensure the system is accessible to all by guiding parties through the procedures appropriately.

During the case, the judge and non-legal members can ask questions on any point that needs clarification or which will assist the tribunal in reaching a decision. The judge also decides on all matters of procedure that may arise during a hearing.

Before reaching a decision the tribunal will consider the evidence and hear submissions from both parties. The tribunal’s decision will then be given either at the hearing, or later in writing. In either case, the parties receive a written decision.