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Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge

Closing date:  2 April, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £148,526

Location:  Central London, to be determined in consultation with the successful candidate

The JAC has been asked to identify one candidate to recommend for the post of Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge. 

We are testing a new application service for this exercise. To apply for this role you will need to create a new account with your email address and a password. You will receive an email to verify your account details to login.

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

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 Lord Chancellor also expects candidates to have previous judicial experience sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity, or in a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required. A minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days, is expected. Only in exceptional cases, where the necessary skills are demonstrated in some other significant way, will an exception be made.

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 Designated Civil Judge for London is responsible for overseeing civil justice in the London County Courts (apart from the Central London County Court which has its own Designated Civil Judge). This role involves oversight of civil work at:

  • Uxbridge
  • Wandsworth
  • Kingston
  • Croydon
  • Willesden
  • Barnet
  • Edmonton
  • Romford
  • Bromley
  • Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Courts.

The successful candidate will carry out significant leadership and management duties. Among other things the post holder is responsible for:

  • allocating the non-specialist civil County Court and Queen’s Bench Division case management work between over 60 District Judges
  • sharing the work of the Business and Property Courts (including appeals) with the specialist circuit judges
  • managing all appeals from interim orders made by District Judges sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division
  • supporting the judiciary in these County Courts
  • liaising with HMCTS staff and Presiders to ensure the effective delivery of civil justice in London

As well as carrying out these duties, the Designated Civil Judge is expected to carry out the full duties of a Circuit Judge and to try the most significant, demanding or specialist cases.

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.

The Presiders will discuss with the successful candidate where they should or would like to be based, and whether a pattern of sittings in different courts would be practicable.

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Mrs Justice Whipple, one of the presiding judges of the South Eastern Circuit.

Preparing your application

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of a Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil 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 for each 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.

How to apply

Read the guidance on the information page for information about how to apply and details about the selection process.  

We are testing a new application service for this exercise. To apply for this role you will need to create a new account with your email address and a password. You will receive an email to verify your account details to login.