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)

Silk results

Silk results will be received by applicants TODAY (14 Dec) by email after 4pm.  Public announcement will then follow in next few days.

Good luck one and all.

Silk results ……..

Update from the QCA:

“We hope that the announcement of the outcome of the competition will be made before Christmas, but as of today (7 December) we still do not know whether that will be possible, let alone exactly when any announcement could be made.  We will update the website as soon as we have any more information.  We have been informed that the Ceremony is likely to be held on Monday 26 February 2018, at Westminster Hall.”

Fingers crossed we know soon …………..

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.

Training courses with the Bar Council

Developing your Career at the Bar

Next course in the series of  Developing your Career courses we are running with the Bar Council is aimed at women barristers and is being held on Sat 25 Nov 2017 in London.

The course on Sat 3 Feb 2018 is aimed at junior barristers – register or express interest direct with Bar Council for further courses from link above. 

Developing your Mentoring skills

Very pleased to be running some further Developing your Mentoring skills training with the Bar Council in London on Tues 31 Oct 2017 in London 5.30-7.30pm.  Plans are also afoot for a course in the north east to follow this year. 

Click link above for further details and info on how to book.

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.