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High Court Judge 2019-20

Closing date:  26 November, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £188,901

An exercise to select up to 25 High Court judges will launch in early October 2019 with vacancies across all 3 divisions of the High Court: Chancery, Family and the Queen’s Bench.

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

The JAC will publish a detailed Information and Application Page in due course but to enable prospective candidates to start planning their application, an overview containing the most pertinent information can be found below.

Who can apply

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.

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.

Please note that previous judicial experience is required on this exercise. This does not preclude practitioners from applying but those without previous judicial experience or equivalent will be required to demonstrate how they meet the criteria and demonstrate the necessary skills in some other significant way.

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 application process

The application window will open on 1 October 2019 for 8 weeks, closing on 26 November 2019. Candidates are required to submit the following by way of an application:

  1. a short covering letter
  • Internet links to 2 significant pieces of written work, or judgments or directions, with a brief explanation of up to 250 words (for each piece of work) as to how they demonstrate the required skills and abilities.
  • the names and contact details of 2 independent assessors

2. a brief factual CV of no more than 2 sides of A4

3.a statement of suitability (evidencing the skills and abilities criteria) of no more than 4 sides of A4

Please register and create your profile or update an existing profile. Your account includes personal, character and diversity profiles that can be created and updated at any time. The application itself will be submitted by email.

The selection process

Shortlisting will be by way of a paper sift in February 2020. The selection panel will assess the information provided in candidates’ application submissions, including the written work and the information provided by independent assessors. All candidates will be assessed against the skills and abilities.

Those successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview in March or April 2020. The selection panel will conduct an interview which involves situational questioning and interview questions based on the skills and abilities.

Those being recommended for appointment will be considered by the Selection and Character Committee in June 2020. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of July 2020.

Key dates

Open for applications: 13:00 on 1 October 2019

Close for applications: 13:00 on 26 November 2019

Request for independent assessments: On receipt of candidate application but by no later than 10 December 2019

Eligibility checks being conducted: December 2019 and January 2020

Deadline for the receipt of independent assessments: 7 January 2020

Shortlisting: Early-February 2020. Notification to candidates: End of February 2020

Statutory consultation comments sought: Mid-February to mid-March 2020

Selection days: Between 24 March and 30 April 2020

Character checks being conducted: May and June 2020

Outcome of selection process expected by: End of July 2020

Contact details

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For those wishing to discuss a prospective application in advance of the JAC publishing the Information and Application Pages, please contact the Head of Senior Appointments, Jennifer Ballance on 0203 334 6376 or