You are here
Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge
Number of vacancies: Two
Location: Manchester and Bristol
An opportunity has arisen for the appointment of two Designated Civil Judges, one for Greater Manchester and the other, Avon, Somerset and Gloucester. This exercise launched at 13.00 on 14 September.
About the role
Designated Civil Judges are responsible for general civil work in the Civil Justice Centre at which they are based and in the county courts across the region. They also manage the work issued in the Queen’s Bench Division in the District Registry and have a pastoral responsibility for the civil judiciary in the area.
The Designated Civil Judge in Manchester is responsible for allocating the civil county court and non-specialist Queen’s Bench Division case management work between approximately 3 Circuit judges, 30 District judges and 3 Recorders sitting on civil cases at any given time.
In Bristol, the work is divided between 8 Circuit Judges, 15 District Judges and 47 Recorders.
Designated Civil Judges hear the most significant cases issued in the county court in the region as well as some of the Queen’s Bench cases released for trial. They are also expected to sit as a judge of the Administrative Court and of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber as business needs dictate.
Upon appointment, the successful candidates will become members of their Local Leadership Group and will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with the Presiding Judges and senior regional, cluster and court officials to ensure that the business of the court is dealt with as fairly, effectively and efficiently as possible.
Who can apply?
This exercise is open to:
- Circuit Judges
- Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least seven years post qualification experience engaged in law-related activities
- Recorders and
- those who have held, as a full-time appointment for at least 3 years, one of the offices listed in Part 1A of Schedule 2 to the Courts Act 1971
In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of three 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 Designated Civil Judge. The framework lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.
As part of your application you are required to provide, in no more than 250 words per competency, specific examples that demonstrate how your experiences make you suitable for the role. Further information on completing the self-assessment and choosing the best examples is available on the JAC website.