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Specialist Civil Circuit Judge

Salary:  £151,497


The JAC has been asked to identify candidates to recommend as a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge to sit in the Business and Property Courts. There are an expected 4 posts available, likely to be based in the following locations:

  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool

This exercise is expected to launch at 13:00 on 21 January 2020, closing for applications at 13:00 on 4 February 2020.

About the Jurisdiction

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 (TCC) and the courts of the Chancery Division.  In London these specialist jurisdictions operate together at the Rolls Building and there are also 7 main regional centres.

Who can apply

You do not need to have previous judicial experience to apply for this post. Applications are invited from:

  • Solicitors or Barristers in England and Wales with at least 7 years post-qualification legal experience; or
  • Recorders; or
  • Circuit Judges; or
  • Those who have held, as a full-time appointment for at least 3 years, one of the offices listed in Part IA of Schedule 2 to the Courts Act 1971.

It is required that the successful candidate must already be authorised or be suitable for authorisation to the pool of judges upon appointment to act as a judge of the High Court under section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981.

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

Specialist Circuit Judges who are designated as Chancery, TCC and/or Circuit Commercial Court Judges sit as High Court Judges authorised by the Lord Chief Justice under section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. Chancery Judges have full jurisdiction to deal with all types of Chancery actions and applications with the exception of patent and revenue actions and competition law claims.

Successful applicants will also need to demonstrate the skills needed to be cross-ticketed to sit in the TCC and the Circuit Commercial Court, as part of the Business and Property Courts.  The successful applicants will sit predominantly in Chancery cases, but will sit in the other parts of the Business and Property Courts when required.

In addition, Specialist Circuit Judges are expected to sit from time to time in the Administrative Court and in the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber (UTIAC).

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