Entries from December 20th, 2016



Judicial Appointments – Qualifying Tests

I try and update this blog when new information becomes available but the JAC are are consistently inconsistent! But the feedback reports  give candidates invaluable insights and how these tests work and are scored.  Below you will see some of the issues that have arisen during tests and some initial guidance.

Employment Tribunal Report: here

DDJ Civil test report: here – very useful especially for part 3 test.

1st Tier Tribunal qualifying test report

The Employment Judge competition will have a 3 part test on 17 July following a similar format as explained below. Although I expect that the situational judgment test will be more focused on Employment Tribunal scenarios. The Recorder 2018 test will, I think, have the first two parts on the 19 July and those passing these will be invited to sit the narrative scenario test on 11 September.

What could possibly go wrong?!


***** UPDATE 23 April 2018 *****

JAC server problems and seems like a repeat of the Recorder shambles last year. Candidates being advised to try again and test window extended until 11pm this evening (17/04). If you have hit problems, make a note of the issues and e-mail  [email protected] – they will surely have to make allowances for candidates effected. Some candidates may see it as a free dry run and have gained an advantage, others have been left totally frustrated and have now lost their opportunity to take the test.

Because of last week’s technical problems some candidates are being invited to re-sit DDJ tests on either 24/04 or 26/04 > raises more questions than answers?!


***** UPDATE 22 February 2018 *****

Following the Recorder competition debacle, the JAC believe they have now fully resolved their technical issues.  They will be using one test with three elements to shortlist candidates in the First Tier (06/03) and DDJ (17/04) competitions:

“The test is 2 hours long and is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1: 40 minute multiple choice test with 31 questions (testing Situational Judgement)
  • Part 2: 40 minute multiple choice test with 18 questions (testing Critical Analysis)
  • Part 3: 40 minute scenario-based test requiring 2 written answers.”

Hurdles 1 & 2 Below


****  My Mock On-line Multiple Choice Tests Available here  ****

The JAC accepts that short-listing via qualifying tests is sub-optimal, but given the number of applicants in some competitions, it has become their default position. Whether the pass mark is relatively low or high is immaterial; there is a very fine line between success and failure and many candidates, who would make great judges, don’t even make it to the selections days.  The qualifying tests are a brilliant way of identifying people who are good at doing qualifying tests but not necessarily the best judges.  I’ve argued before that a lottery would produce a similar pool of candidates as multiple-choice tests. However, these tests are here to stay and will continue to evolve – so how should you approach them?

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Judicial Appointments – Fundamental Changes in 2017

The judicial appointment process continues to evolve but it seems to have reached a bit of a crossroads.  The core problem appears to be the widely held view that the MoJ are unable to attract the required quality of candidates for some High Court Divisions. Hence the launch of the Deputy High Court Judge competitions last year which is being run again as I write.  When the list of successful candidates, from the 1st competition, was finally published it featured many highly respected Silks (although a number of these were already sitting as Recorders) and one solicitor. It is an impressive array of talent and bodes well for future full-time appointments.  The JAC have just announced a 2 track  High Court Judge competition for those who have not previously sat and s9(4) judges.

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Tim’s Top 10 Tips for Marketing on a Budget

In September,  I was invited to be on a panel for a PM Forum  event in London where we shared some ideas on marketing on a budget.  It was geared to professional services: lawyers, accountants, architects but most of the ideas can be applied across industries and sectors.  Subsequently, I was asked to write an extended article and that was recently published-  “Punching Above Your Weight – Uncommon Sense”.

I’d welcome your feedback and thoughts:

“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that created them”            Einstein

  1. 1. Market Internally – as a co-professional and peer.


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