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Specialist Civil Circuit Judge (Chancery)

Closing date:  5 June, 2018 - 13:00

Salary:  £145, 614

Location:  Central London County Court


The JAC has been asked to identify one candidate to recommend for the post of Specialist Civil Circuit Judge (Chancery).

Who can apply

No previous judicial experience is required to apply for this role. This exercise is open to:

  • Circuit Judges
  • Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least seven 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

In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 3 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

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

The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales were launched in July 2017 and comprise the Commercial Court (including the Admiralty Court), the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division. In London these specialist jurisdictions operate together at the Rolls Building and there are also five main regional centres.

Specialist Civil Circuit Judges are expected to carry out the full duties of a Circuit Judge together with additional leadership and administrative duties. They are also expected to hear particularly demanding or specialist cases. The successful candidate will sit on Chancery and Commercial work and the other specialist jurisdictions dealt with by the Business and Property Courts. They will be required to work closely with the other Specialist Civil Circuit Judges and the court staff at the Central London County Court in order to deliver a first class, responsive service to the business, property and financial sectors.

This post may be suitable for salaried part-time work at a minimum of 80% in blocks of at least 6 weeks at a time; part weeks cannot be accommodated due to the length and complexity of cases.

Preparing your application

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of a Specialist Circuit Judge. 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 on the JAC website.

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.

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