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Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge

Closing date:  20 December, 2017 - 13:00

Salary:  £145,614

Location:  One post in Leeds and one post in Sheffield

Number of vacancies: Two

An opportunity has arisen for the appointment of two Resident Judges in the North East, one in Leeds and one in Sheffield. This exercise launched on 6 December 2017.

About the role

Every Crown Court has a Resident Judge, responsible for leading the judiciary at the court and for ensuring the efficient and effective discharge of judicial business.

Through the Presiding and Senior Presiding Judge, Resident Judges assist the Lord Chief Justice in discharging his overall responsibility for representing the views of the judiciary; for maintaining appropriate arrangements for the welfare, training and guidance of the judiciary; and for maintaining arrangements for the deployment of the judiciary and the allocation of work within the courts.

Resident Judges are responsible for ensuring effective case management within the court centre as well as managing their own cases and caseload. This includes working with other judges at the court centre to ensure that work is done in accordance with current guidelines and good practice, and action is taken to improve performance to enable the court to discharge its business promptly and effectively.

Resident Judges are also responsible for maintaining close working relationships with the court manager and other staff 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:

  • Solicitors and Barristers with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience
  • Circuit Judges
  • 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.

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