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Senior Circuit Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal
The JAC has been asked to identify one candidate to recommend for the post of Circuit Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
About the role
The Employment Appeal Tribunal is a superior court of record and, as such, exercises a largely appellate jurisdiction.
The workload of the tribunal is heavy. Each judge can expect to sit in court for up to four days a week, at least one of which will be spent considering, on paper, applications for permission to appeal. One day a week is scheduled for reading. Hearings in court are divided between oral applications for those whose paper application has been refused permission to appeal, preliminary hearings in potential appeals, and final (or ‘full’) hearings.
A large number of hearings are likely to involve sitting with two lay members drawn from a panel of leading figures who have the confidence of either employers and their organisations or trades unions, employees, and their associations. The Decision in such cases will be that of the majority.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to:
- Circuit Judges and Senior Circuit Judges
- Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least seven 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.
Candidates must also be able to demonstrate significant experience and knowledge of appellate work, employment law and Tribunal procedure. This should include a wide breadth of experience across the field of domestically and European derived employment rights. Candidates should have an up-to-date knowledge of developments in case law, statute and procedure as it affects employment law.
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