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Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Courts)
The JAC has been asked to identity 30 candidates to recommend for the post of Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Courts). This competition is expected to launch on 20 September.
About the role
Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) have a national jurisdiction throughout England and Wales. They sit on a fee-paid basis in the Magistrates’ Courts, presiding over court proceedings by applying the Criminal Procedure Rules and ensuring appropriate case management at the first hearing; controlling (in accordance with the relevant law and practice) the manner in which cases are conducted; maintaining the authority and dignity of the Court; and deciding issues of law and procedure which may arise during a case.
Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) consider and decide applications for bail and decide cases (including the determination of guilt or innocence) by finding facts and applying the relevant law to them.
In the adult crime court Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) sentence convicted defendants according to the law and the circumstances of the case; determine issues of penalty point endorsement and/or disqualification from driving; and determine the amount and manner of payment of compensation orders, surcharges and costs and impose ancillary orders where available and appropriate.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to solicitors, barrister and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience.
Candidates must also be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of criminal law & procedure and should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 4 years, before reaching the statutory retirement age of 70.
In addition, candidates applying for a post in Wales need to have an understanding, or the ability to acquire the understanding, of the administration of justice in Wales, including legislation applicable to Wales and Welsh devolution arrangements. Up to 2 posts in Wales also require candidates to be able to communicate in the Welsh language both orally and in writing.
Open for applications: 20 September 2018
Close for applications: 4 October 2018
Online multiple choice qualifying test: 17 October 2018
Online scenario test: 21 November 2018
Selection days: 4 to 12 March 2019
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