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The jurisdiction of a Recorder is broadly similar to that of a Circuit Judge. Recorders are required to read and assimilate case papers before a hearing or trial commences and play an active role in case management. Recorders must control the manner in which cases are conducted and decide issues of law and procedure that may arise during a case and provide reasons for any ruling.
Who can apply
Applications are invited from solicitors and barrister in England and Wales with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience. In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 4 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
Although vacancies are anticipated across all jurisdictions (crime, civil and family), experience of the jurisdictions is not a prerequisite for appointment and recommendations 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 Recorder. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by the judiciary and Judicial College, and lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.
As part of your application you will be 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. You are advised to start preparing your examples in advance, putting aside sufficient time to develop relevant examples that demonstrate your suitability for the post.
You can also create an online account before you apply. The JAC's online application system requires all candidates to create an account before applying for judicial office. Your account will include your personal, character and diversity profiles. This information is stored on the system so, if you apply for another position in the future, you only need to update your details making the application process quicker and easier.
About the process
There will be three stages to the selection process:
- an online multiple choice test
- an online scenario test
- a selection day comprising an interview and role play
Only the most meritorious candidate will progress from one stage to the next.