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Specialist Civil Circuit Judge

Closing date:  9 May, 2017 - 13:00


Number of vacancies: 3

Location: 1 in Birmingham, 1 in Manchester and 1 in Newcastle

Salary: £144,172

The JAC launched a selection exercise for 3 specialist circuit judges on 25 April.

One specialist circuit judge will hear cases in the Technology and Construction Court on the Midland Circuit. The second will be based on the Northern Circuit spending 50% of the time sitting in the Technology and Construction Court and the remainder of the time split between the Mercantile, Chancery and Administrative Courts. The third vacancy is on the North East Circuit dealing with matters arising in all 4 specialist courts. The time spent sitting in each will depend on business need.

Who can apply

No previous judicial experience is required to apply for these roles. Applications are invited from:

  • barristers and solicitors in England and Wales with at least 7 years post-qualification experience
  • Recorders
  • Circuit Judges
  • Those who have held, as a full-time appointment for at least 3 years, one of the offices listed in Part IA of Schedule 2 to the Courts Act 1971

Candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 3 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

A strong background in technology and construction law is desirable for these roles but is not compulsory.

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.

About the courts

From June of this year, the specialist civil courts are to be known as the “Business and Property Courts of England and Wales”.

The Business and Property Courts will be the new name for England and Wales’ international dispute resolution jurisdictions and will act as a single umbrella for business specialist courts across England and Wales.

It will encompass the specialist courts and lists of the High Court:

  • the Commercial Court, (including the Admiralty Court and Mercantile Court)
  • the Technology and Construction Court
  • the courts of the Chancery Division (including those dealing with financial services, intellectual property, competition, and insolvency)

The new arrangements will enhance the connection between the specialist Business and Property work undertaken in the regions and in London. 

The Technology and Construction Court is a specialist group of courts that handle disputes about buildings, engineering and surveying. The Mercantile, Chancery and Administrative Courts cover cases ranging from commercial, business, property and land disputes through to reviewing decisions made by local authorities and regulatory bodies.

Further information about all of the courts is available on the judiciary website.

Salaried part-time work

Salaried part-time work may be accommodated on the Midland and North East Circuits at a minimum of 80%, working full weeks and in blocks of at least 6 weeks. 

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