Silk results 2018 – update

The QCA website says that they expect candidates to know silk results in December 2018 and that the Silk Ceremony will be later than normal this year, on Mon 11 March 2019.
Link to QCA Home page:

My best guess at a date/time for candidates to hear the outcome is Thu 13 Dec at 4.30pm by email ……….. and then going public on about Thu 20 Dec 2018.  That is just my guess based on last year – although there was too long a gap last year between candidates hearing results and QCA going public with dates, so sure they will have those dates closer together again this year.  So maybe go public on Fri 14 Dec.

Best guesses …………… good luck one and all.

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Judicial competitions

Latest news on current/future competitions:

  • Fee-paid FTT – results due Dec 18 (250 vacs)
  • DDJ – results due Feb 19 (303 vacs)
  • Employment Judge – results due Jan 19
  • Recorder – selection days 3 Dec-1 Mar …… – results due June 19 (up to 250 vacs)
  • DDJ Mags – selection days 4-12 Mar 19 – results May 19 (30 vacs)
  • UT Immigration and Asylum – selection days 11-13 Dec – results Jan 19 (9 vacs)
  • DJ (civil and family) – shortlisting Feb 19
  • FTT – outcome of online tests 22 Feb 19
  • HCJ – new application process – deadline 13 Dec
  • s9(1) DHCJ – deadline 18 Dec
  • s9(4) DHCJ – launches 15 Jan 19
  • Circuit – launches 23 Jan 19
  • Court of Appeal – sift 1 Feb 19

Give us a shout if you need any help.

Silk Results 2018

Just to confirm that the QCA website has now been updated to say that they expect candidates to know silk results in December 2018 and that the Silk Ceremony will be later than normal this year, on Mon 11 March 2019.
Link to QCA Home page:

My best guess at a date/time for candidates to hear the outcome is Thu 13 Dec at 4.30pm by email ……….. and then going public on about Thu 20 Dec 2018.  That is just my guess based on last year – although there was too long a gap last year between candidates hearing results and QCA going public with dates, so sure they will have those dates closer together again this year.  So candidates might hear on 17/18 Dec.  We shall see ……… Either way, keep busy ………. !!

And good luck everyone.

Recorder competition

Those through to Recorder selection day now have their dates – they range from beginning of December 2018 to end of February 2019.

We are busy allocation prep slots for candidates at the moment, so get in touch quickly if you’d like to secure some time, especially those with an early slot.

With up to 250 vacancies, they will be reviewing at least 600 candidates – make sure you stand out from the crowd ……… for the right reasons!

Speak soon …….

The Sherwood Team

Judicial competitions – latest news

Latest news on current/future competitions:

  • Insolvency and Companies Court – results due soon (3 vacs)
  • Circuit Judge – results due Nov (94 vacs)
  • Fee paid FTT – results due Dec 18 (250 vacs)
  • DDJ – results due Feb 19 (303 vacs)
  • Employment Judge – selection days finish 18 Oct – results due Jan 19
  • Recorder – selection day invites due 5-8 Nov – selection days 3 Dec-1 Mar ……- results due June 19 (up to 250 vacs)
  • DDJ Mags – QT 17 Oct – scenario test 21 Nov – selection days 4-12 Mar 19 – results May 19 (30 vacs)
  • UT Immigration and Asylum – short-listing 23 Nov – selection days 11-13 Dec – results Jan 19 (9 vacs)
  • DJ (civil and family) – launch delayed until 1 Nov – deadline 15 Nov
  • FTT – launch delayed until 6 Nov – deadline 20 Nov
  • HCJ – new application process – launch 18 Oct – deadline 13 Dec

Lots to think about!

Give us a shout if you need any help.

Silk update

Interviews for the current competition are due to start on 20th September and run until 11th October – there are likely to be around 170-190 people selected for interview, so this is a fairly tight timetable.  The QCA hope to let candidates know if they are through to interview on either Thu 6th or Fri 7th Sep – my guess is that it will be the Thu 6th Sep at around 4.30pm by email.

If you’d like interview prep help, then get in touch with me by email as soon as you have a date firmed up for your silk interview, even if you have a date late in the window, as our two hour interview slots this year are also competing with a number of judicial competitions running at the same time ……………..  Once we get details in, the scheduling process is like a big jigsaw, it just takes about 24 hours to take shape, so if you don’t hear back from us immediately, please don’t panic!

Interview prep sessions are Mon-Fri, 10am-12noon; 1-3pm; 3.30-5.30pm.  We can occasionally do 6-8pm but we wouldn’t recommend it as the session is quite tiring after a long day in court.  Costs are confirmed here: https://sherwoodpsfconsulting.com/silk/

We are trying not to allocate slots now to be sure we have sufficient slots available for those who have early interview dates.

Results for this competition will be announced late in Dec 2018 and the silk ceremony for those who are successful after interview is likely to be on a Monday in late February 2019.

We are also expecting an announcement from the QCA about changes to the current process to take effect from 2019 ……….

Good luck one and all, and hear from you soon.

Changes to next HCJ competition

The JAC is looking to make some changes to the application process for High Court Judge due to launch in Oct 2018 – here is a summary:

“The JAC has reviewed the selection process for the High Court exercise and introduced a more streamlined application process this year. It will involve:

  • an extended application window of 8 weeks, expected to open in October
  • assessment against a concise list of the required skills and abilities for the High Court
  • a letter of application detailing how you demonstrate the skills and abilities, with specific examples from your experience that make you suitable for the role
  • a brief, factual CV
  • online registration of your profile and preferences

Candidates can create an online account before the exercise launches. Your account includes personal, character and diversity profiles that can be created and updated at any time. The letter of application and CV are to be submitted by email.”