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Senior Magistrate of the Falkland Islands

Closing date:  20 August, 2018 - 13:00


This is not a JAC selection exercise; recruitment is via the Falkland Islands Government.

About the post

The Senior Magistrate exercises a jurisdiction comparable to that of a Crown Court/County Court Judge in England and Wales and not – despite the constitutional title – that of a magistrate.

If the successful candidate is a serving fee-paid judge in England and Wales, it may be possible for this appointment to be held in abeyance during their term as Senior Magistrate.

The Senior Magistrate is the only resident judicial office holder in the Falkland Islands. The Chief Justice (who is based in the UK) visits the Falkland Islands at regular intervals when the business of the Supreme Court so requires. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

A minimum of 7 years recent relevant experience as a practicing professional advocate (solicitor, barrister or equivalent) in the UK, a Commonwealth country or in a UK Overseas Territory, as well as a minimum of 3 years full time, or 5 years part-time judicial experience and experience in working on matters involving criminal trials, family law and coroners’ inquests.


The package will range from c£90k to a maximum of £108k per annum (this includes a 25% pension equivalency element). Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

How to apply

A Recruitment Pack and Application Form can be secured by contacting the Falkland Islands Government’s Recruitment Officer at: 

Interviews will be held in London between 24th and 28th September 2018.