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Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Applications open: 9 July 2019 – 13:00

Closing date for applications:  23 July 2019 – 13:00

Fee: £625.18 a day

Number of vacancies: up to 25

Locations: London.  However, successful candidates may also be required to sit in other locations on an occasional basis to meet business needs.

The Role

The Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber requires up to 25 deputy judges to deal with work arising from the right of appeal to the Upper Tribunal on asylum and immigration cases. The main activities of deputy judges of the Upper Tribunal are:

  • Determining appeals. Researching (if necessary) and applying the relevant law; determining questions of fact where necessary; giving a reasoned oral or written judgment
  • Oral hearings. Controlling the manner in which hearings are conducted; deciding any issues of procedure that may arise during the hearing
  • Keeping abreast of legal developments; participating in training events
  • Contributing to the development of a body of law by circulating decisions of interest; attending meetings of judges and serving on committees concerned with judicial administration

A Deputy Judge is also expected to be IT-literate and to make the fullest use possible of electronic means of research and communication

Who can apply

Applications are invited from:

  • Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales with at least 7 years post qualification experience
  • advocates or solicitors in Scotland of at least 7 years standing
  • barristers or solicitors in Northern Ireland of at least 7 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

In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 4 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

Candidates are expected to make themselves available for a minimum of 15 days per year in addition to any associated time required for finalising judgments and orders.

About the process

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to this role.  The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by Judicial Office 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 are advised to start preparing your examples in advance, putting aside sufficient time to develop relevant examples that demonstrate your suitability for the post.

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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