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Interactive Judicial & Silk Appointment Workshops

**** Feedback from my Faculty of Advocates Workshop Vice-Dean to Tim Collins  ****

How to approach making a judicial or Silk application and how to stand out from the crowd at your selection day or interview.

In a two hour interactive workshop I will discuss and answer any questions candidates may have on:

Why competency based recruitment?

How do the qualifying tests work?

How do you select and support your referees?

How to develop compelling application forms?

How you can prepare to succeed at interviews?

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Mock Judicial Appointments Qualifying Tests

“… room for improvement but phenomenally helpful is reading text quickly etc . Really really useful . Thanks for putting it together” 

Over recent years I have been asked repeatedly whether there are any old JAC tests that candidates could try. Up until a few years ago the JAC used to publish qualifying test reports and include their questions and answers. However they no longer make their tests available.

My blog on Qualifying Tests – gives you an overview of how they work.

I have been talking to a number of judges and practitioners about developing some mock crime, civil and family tests. However, the JAC announced at the end of 2016 that they would be testing new non-jurisdictional qualifying tests.

As a result and having collaborated with others I have developed one situational judgement and one critical reasoning test.

“Thank you. Did the test – wow very taxing – got xIt has helped greatly to see it in the flesh as it were and what to expect and what time of day not to take it!!  Timing is key as well – a brilliant revision tool. Thanks”

Situational Judgement

16 questions  in 15 minutes set by a judge to test candidates’ judgement and decision making based on real situations and experience.

Critical Reasoning

23 questions to be answered in 30 minutes based on a judicial speech – this includes time for reading a PDF text.

Your Feedback Report

Following the test you will be e-mailed your test report, score, the questions and answers.

Candidate  Options

NB These tests are on line, so make sure you have a good internet connection, sufficient time and are able to open a PDF document. Please follow the instructions and keep an eye on your time. You must download the speech before commencing the critical reasoning or combined test!

  1. 1.   Situational Judgement Mock Test 15 minutes – £19.50 +VAT –  SJ test link
  2. 2.   Critical Reasoning Mock Test 30 minutes – £19.50 +VAT – CR test link
  3. 3.   Situational Judgement & Critical Reasoning Mock Test 45 minutes – £29.50 +VAT – SJ & CR combined test link.

Opportunities (problems)

If you have failed to follow the test instructions and  not downloaded the speech for the critical reasoning test, it can be found here!

I have set these tests so that you can take them a second time in case you experience wireless or technical issues.

I’m keen to add further situational judgement questions, but know that will not be easy, especially if they are non-jurisdictional and importantly respect the confidentiality of actual JAC tests.

Any feedback would be most welcome and I hope these may help candidates prepare for any future JAC tests.

“This evening I did the tests that you recently posted on your website which were very helpful.”

Narrative Tests

It is not possible to set these as mock tests as they require marking individually but I am willing to share some tips and advice – please just e-mail me or text me your e-mail address: [email protected] 0796 999 7335

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Judicial Appointments – Qualifying Tests

**** UPDATE 15 August 2018 ****

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

**** UPDATE 11 July 2018****

Do read this : 1st Tier Tribunal qualifying test report – it will give candidates sitting QTs invaluable insights and how these tests work and are scored.

***** UPDATE 24 June 2018 *****

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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Simon on the Streets – A Refreshingly Different Quiz Evening

Mark Walsh is very kindly letting us use his Kwizzbit platform to provide a challenging and fun evening that will test your knowledge, speed of recall, teamwork or maybe just your good luck!

When & Where:

Thursday 17 November 2016

Doors 6pm Quiz commences at 6:30pm – head in hands or broad grins and high fives expected between 8-8:30pm. There will be plenty of time and opportunities to network and mingle throughout the evening.

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[email protected]  Holy Trinity Church Boar Lane Leeds LS1 6HW

Your Generosity:

£10 per team member, teams to a maximum of 6 per business/firm/organisation – individuals are also very welcome and we’ll make up some teams on the night. 8 would be way too many, 2 way to few 4 or 5 good but half a dozen spot on!

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Mentoring – Is it Me?

I’ve found myself drawn into mentoring individuals from different sectors with a very diverse spectrum of issues. It started when a couple of people suggested that I should get involved with Entrepreneurial Spark  It has exploded since then – and I’m loving it!

I’ve tried to find a definition for mentoring that I like or describes what I try to do but they all seem a bit too grand for me. I don’t have a set list of questions or a programme – all I do is make time to listen and then share examples and stories from my experience to encourage people to take a positive step.

You can read below some reactions to my approach – 

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Keep the Customer Satisfied

Back in 1996 we were travelling in New Zealand and hired a car to tour around the islands for about a month. The car had a cassette player and we decide to find a record store in Auckland and treat ourselves to a tape.  On impulse we bought Cheryl Crow’s “If it Makes You Happy” but we knew we needed more than one song!

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