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Salaried Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber
Number of vacancies: Up to five full-time equivalents
Location: London or Edinburgh
About the jurisdiction
The Administrative Appeals chamber is one of four chambers in the Upper Tribunal, a superior court of record with UK wide jurisdiction. It is responsible for dealing with appeals against decisions made by certain lower tribunals and organisations.
The work allocated to those who are appointed will predominantly involve applications for permission to appeal and appeals from the Social Security and Child Support jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber.
There will, however, be opportunity to do a wide range of other work.
About the appointments
These posts are suitable for salaried part-time work at a minimum of 50% working part weeks only; other work patterns cannot be accommodated.
Whilst there are opportunities to sit in either London or Edinburgh, business need will only allow for two judges to be based in Edinburgh.
Who can apply
You are eligible to apply for this post if:
a) you are a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience
b) you are an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 7 years standing
c) you are a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 7 years standing
d) in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, you have gained experience in law which makes you as suitable for appointment as if you satisfy any of the conditions at (a) to (c)
In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of at least five years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
The Lord Chancellor also expects that candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant experience sitting as a judge in a salaried capacity, or in a fee-paid capacity, having completed 30 sitting days at the point of application. Only in exceptional cases, and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way, should an exception be made.
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.
Preparing your application
Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of a judge in the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by the judiciary and Judicial College, and lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.
As part of the application, candidates will be required to provide a statement of suitability to demonstrate the following three competencies:
- Exercising Judgement
- Working and communicating with others
- Managing work efficiently
The statement of suitability will be limited to 750 words and should contain specific examples that demonstrate how a candidate’s experiences makes them suitable for the role. Further information on completing the suitability statement and choosing the best examples is on the JAC website.
Candidates can also create an online account before applying. The JAC's online application system requires all candidates to create an account. The account includes personal, character and diversity profiles which are stored on the system. Those wishing to apply for another position in the future will only need to update their profiles making the application process quicker and easier.
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