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High Court Judge 2018–19

Closing date:  13 December, 2018 - 13:00


An exercise to select High Court judges has launched with vacancies across all 3 divisions: Queen’s Bench, Family and Chancery.

Information about the High Court divisions is on the Judiciary website and in the job description.

A new application process

The JAC has reviewed the selection process for the High Court exercise and introduced a more streamlined application process this year. It will involve:

  • an extended application window of 8 weeks, closing 13 December 2018
  • assessment against a concise list of the required skills and abilities for the High Court
  • a statement of suitability detailing how you demonstrate the skills and abilities, with specific examples from your experience that make you suitable for the role
  • a brief, factual CV
  • online registration of your profile and preferences

Please register and create your profile . Your account includes personal, character and diversity profiles that can be created and updated at any time. The covering letter of application (which includes two pieces of written work as well as other information), a CV and statement of suitability are to be submitted by email.

Who can apply

To apply, you must be a solicitor or barrister with at least 7 years post qualification legal experience and you must also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

Previous judicial experience is not required and applications are invited from practitioners as well as judges. However, please consider this vacancy carefully and note that it is important to have an understanding of the complexity and demands of High Court work, relative to your current role or practice. Those who do not regularly handle highly-pressured, high volume, intellectually complex and legally challenging work, which is a feature of the High Court, should consider how they will be able to demonstrate significant and realistic transferable skills or experience.

The JAC expects that any candidate who aspires to this senior level will have taken steps before applying, to orientate themselves and their portfolio of work such that they can clearly demonstrate their suitability to be a High Court judge.

The JAC 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.