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Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal
The JAC has been asked to identify candidates to recommend for the post of Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. There are 100 vacancies across England, Scotland and Wales. Assignments are initially expected to the following chambers:
- 1 in General Regulations
- 5 in Health, Education and Social Care
- 41 in Immigration and Asylum
- 8 in Property
- 41 in Social Entitlement
- 4 in Tax
Most assignments are expected across England; 7 are expected in Scotland; and 5 in Wales.
All posts in Scotland and Wales are across the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and the Social Entitlement Chamber. One of the candidates assigned to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in Scotland may also be required to spend some of their time covering work in Northern Ireland.
All posts are suitable for salaried part time work at a minimum of 50%. The exact working pattern will have to be agreed between HMCTS, the Tribunal and the successful candidates at the time of appointment.
The salary is £110,335 a year. In addition, post-holders in London receive a £2,000 salary lead and £2,000 London allowance.
Who can apply
For this exercise candidates are not required to hold a judicial appointment. Applications are invited from:
- solicitors, barristers and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification experience
- advocates and solicitors in Scotland of at least 5 years standing
- barristers and solicitors in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing
- those who have gained experience in law which, in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, makes them as suitable for appointment as if they satisfy one of the conditions set out above
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.
About the First-tier Tribunal
The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 created a new two-tier tribunal system; a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The new structure brought together individual tribunals that had similar interests or operating practices into Chambers. Each Chamber is headed by a Chamber President; overall responsibility for the tribunal system and judiciary rests with the Senior President of Tribunals.
Tribunals often sit as panels consisting of a legally qualified chair (the judge) and non-legal members with specific areas of expertise, though certain types of cases or appeals can be presided over by a judge sitting alone.
Except in cases that involve national security or evidence of a very personal nature, substantive final hearings in tribunal cases are held in public. During the hearing the judge must ensure that the overriding objective (to deal with cases fairly and justly) is observed, which will include all parties having the opportunity to participate in proceedings as fully and fairly as possible. Many cases involve individuals putting their own case forward without legal assistance. The judge should therefore help ensure the system is accessible to all by guiding parties through the procedures appropriately.
During the case, the judge and non-legal members can ask questions on any point that needs clarification or which will assist the tribunal in reaching a decision. The judge also decides on all matters of procedure that may arise during a hearing.
Before reaching a decision the tribunal will consider the evidence and hear submissions from both parties. The tribunal’s decision will then be given either at the hearing, or later in writing. In either case, the parties receive a written decision.
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