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Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge

Closing date:  25 October, 2018 - 13:00

Salary:  £145, 614

Location:  Liverpool and Teesside


The JAC has been asked to identify two candidates to recommend for the post of Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge. One vacancy is in Liverpool and the other in Teesside.

Who can apply

This exercise is open to:

  • Circuit Judges
  • Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience
  • 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

Additional selection criteria

The Lord Chancellor expects that candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience.  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 meaning of “directly relevant experience” is sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity.  For fee-paid judges at the point of application, the length of directly relevant previous judicial experience should be a minimum 30 completed sitting days, not including days taken for training purposes or sickness, since appointment in a fee paid capacity.

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

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.

About the Courts

Teesside is the fourth largest Crown Court on the North-East Circuit with a workload comprising of complex heavyweight and multi-handed crime. It is also the hub for the North-East Circuit in relation to European Investigation Orders.

Liverpool Crown Court is the largest court on the Northern Circuit, with a high workload of complex, heavyweight and organised crime. More than 20% of the workload is class 1 and 2.  The court also deals with a significant number of Serious/Specialist Fraud and National Crime Agency prosecutions.

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