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Salaried Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Closing date:  27 September, 2018 - 13:00

Salary:  £134,841

Location:  Central London


The JAC has been asked to identity nine candidates to recommend for the post of Salaried Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber. This competition is expected to launch on 13 September.

About the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 created a new two-tier tribunal system: a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The Upper Tribunal consists of four chambers each of which settle legal disputes structured around particular areas of law.

The Immigration and Asylum Chamber is responsible for handling appeals against decisions made by the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber relating to visa applications, asylum applications and the right to enter or stay in the UK.

It also handles applications for judicial review of certain decisions made by the Home Office, normally relating to immigration, asylum and human rights claims.

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply if:

  • you are a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience
  • you are an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 7 years standing
  • you are a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 7 years standing
  • 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 set out above

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.

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