Category Archives: Judicial

Recorder competition

A “NEW” Recorder competition is due to launch on 19 June:

  • 150 vacancies
  • Crime, civil and family vacancies
  • Process: multi choice test – online scenario – selection day with interview and role play

Watch this space for further details.



Competition updates

There are a lot of competitions ongoing at the moment:

  • HCJ results due in May 18
  • CA interviews and presentations 15-17 May with results due in July 18
  • DHCJ s9(4) Telephone Assessments are 10-17 April and interviews and role play are 6-13 June
  • Circuit Judge deadline is 5 April with situational questioning and Interviews 16 July – 7 Aug
  • Fee paid FTT – QT results due 8 May – role play and interviews 18 Jun – 3 Aug
  • DDJ – QT is 17 April – role play and interviews 9 Aug – 21 Sep
  • Insolvencies and Companies Court Judge competition for 3 vacancies due to launch in May 18
  • Silk sift results Sep 18, with interviews Sep — Oct 18

We can help with applications, selection prep and we are running a 30 min tips/techniques for Telephone Assessments if you are interested in that for current DHCJ competition.  £150+VAT for the 30 min session by phone.

See timeline summary of competitions in Resources section

Judicial appointments due to launch soon ….

What’s coming up in the next few months?

  • DHCJ s9(4) – launches 18 Jan – deadline 1 Feb.  Annual competition.  20 vacancies.  No previous judicial experience required
  • Fee paid FTT – launches 31 Jan – deadline 14 Feb – 250 vacancies.  Competition runs every 18 months
  • Court of Appeal – launches 1 Feb – deadline 15 Feb – 7 vacancies from this summer.  Annual competition
  • Deputy DJ – launches 1 Mar – deadline 15 Mar – 300 vacancies – competition only runs every 2 years
  • Circuit – launches 15 March – deadline 5 Apr – annual competition

Lots to interest everyone there.  Get in touch if you’d like more information about how we can help.

And happy new year ………..

Judicial programme for appointments

Latest update from JAC website about future appointments:

The MoJ commissions the JAC to run a selection exercise in a vacancy request setting out the number of posts, the jurisdiction and or the circuit or region. Each year the JAC jointly agrees with the MoJ, HMCTS and Judicial Office which selection exercises are to be commissioned for the following financial year.

The Forward Programme for 2017 to 2022 indicates likely future needs for recruitment. Some exercises may be generic to a particular level, such as First-tier Tribunal or Circuit Judge, rather than specific to a jurisdiction or location. Specific details of ad hoc requests for a selection exercise, for example from other government departments, will be published as soon as possible before the exercises are launched.

Anticipated frequency


  • Senior appointments: Court of Appeal Justice, High Court Judge
  • Courts: Circuit Judge, District Judge, Authorisation to sit as Deputy High Court Judge section 9(4), Authorisation to act as Deputy High Court Judge section 9(1), Recorder, Deputy District Judge

Every 18 months

  • Tribunals: Salaried Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

Every 2 years

  • Courts: District Judge (magistrates’ courts), Deputy District Judge (magistrates’ courts)

DHCJ competition

Next DHCJ competition is due to launch on 18 jan 2018 – there will be a 2 week window to submit applications, so start now ……….

High Court Judge competition launches

Launched on 2 Nov and closing date is 16 Nov at 1pm.

No previous judicial experience is required.

25 vacancies.

Process: complete a full self-assessment form, provide the names of 2 independent assessors, and provide 2 significant pieces of written work.  This written evidence can comprise legal advice, a legal opinion, or a document that demonstrates legal analysis such as a published article (as sole author), public lecture, judgment, ruling or anything else that you consider appropriate.

Link here to JAC website for details.

Judicial competitions

High Court Judge competition launches 2 Nov 2017 with deadline of 16 Nov; and Deputy High Court Judge competition launches 18 Jan 2018.

Start getting your drafts ready, the turn around deadlines for both are (likely to be) tight.