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Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge

Closing date:  8 August, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £151,497

Location:  Teesside and Wales


The JAC has been asked to identify two candidates to recommend for the post of Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge, Teesside, and Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge, Cardiff, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil  Crown Courts (Recorder of Cardiff).

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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

Additional selection criteria

Candidates are expected to have previous judicial experience, sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity or a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required.

An equivalent body is one of a quasi-judicial nature for which the powers and procedures should resemble those of a court of law and involve highly complex matters, requiring its members objectively to determine the facts and draw conclusions to reach a reasoned decision.  Such decisions could result in the imposition of a penalty, and they are likely to affect the legal rights, duties or privileges of specific parties.  Examples could include, but are not restricted:

a) Coroner

b) Disciplinary tribunals and conduct hearings for professional standards bodies

c) Arbitration

d) Parole Board

e) Chair of a statutory inquiry

The length of judicial experience required is a minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days.

Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.

Candidates for posts in Wales need to have an understanding, or the ability to acquire the understanding, of the administration of justice in Wales, including legislation applicable to Wales and Welsh devolution arrangements.

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

Every Crown Court has a Resident Judge, responsible for leading the judiciary at the court and for ensuring the efficient and effective discharge of judicial business.

Through the Presiding Judges on Circuit, Resident Judges assist the Lord Chief Justice in discharging his overall responsibility for representing the views of the judiciary; for maintaining appropriate arrangements for the welfare, training and guidance of the judiciary; and for maintaining arrangements for the deployment of the judiciary and the allocation of work within the courts.

Resident Judges are responsible for ensuring effective case management within the court centre as well as managing their own cases and caseload. This includes working with other judges at the court centre to ensure that work is done in accordance with current guidelines and good practice, and action is taken to improve performance to enable the court to discharge its business promptly and effectively.

About the Courts

Teesside is the fourth largest Crown Court on the North-East Circuit with a workload comprising complex heavyweight and multi-handed crime. It is also the hub for the North-East Circuit in relation to European Investigation Orders.

The combined caseload of Cardiff, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil Crown Courts comprise approximately one-half of the criminal cases in Wales. The work comprises complex, heavyweight and multi-handed crime.

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