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Circuit Judges at the Central Criminal Court
The JAC has been asked to identify four candidates to recommend for the post of Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court. There are three immediate vacancies and one which is expected to arise in the near future.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to:
- Circuit Judges and Senior Circuit Judges
- Solicitors and barristers with at least 7 years
- those who have held, as 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 5 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.
About the role
The Central Criminal Court (commonly known as the Old Bailey) has 18 courts hearing the most serious criminal cases including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter. The majority of cases relating to terrorism and organised crime are also heard at the Central Criminal Court, along with other cases that cannot be accommodated at their home court, or which involve highly sensitive issues. Other cases include death by dangerous/careless driving; causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult; kidnapping and false imprisonment; and sexual exploitation.
Successful candidates will carry out the full duties of a Circuit Judge but sit exclusively on criminal cases and predominantly at the Central Criminal Court. Up to 60 sitting days a year may be required at other Crown Courts in London or elsewhere on the south east circuit.