Entries Tagged as 'Judicial appointments'

 

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Another Fine Competition – Deputy District Judge Crime 2016 – Magistrates’ Court

 

*****UPDATE 22 August 2016*****

Congratulations to all who made it through the online scenario. Now you need to provide evidence of your competencies by noon on Monday 5 September:

Help?

I’m frequently asked how I work with candidates; I work based on the needs of each individual candidate:application forms and interviews.

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Silk 2020 – QC Competition

 ***** UPDATE  18 February 2020*****

“Many, many thanks, and more thanks for all the expert help and encouragement you gave, it was invaluable.”                    

The 2020 competition launched today with the deadline for applications at 5pm on April Fool’s Day!

The 2020 competition is very similar to last year’s. However, can I strongly recommend looking at the actual on-line application form, so that you fully understand what is required?  They have made some changes and their guidance is a bit opaque. However, I’ve been advised:“It is possible to have an overlap when describing summary of practise (Section E) and providing case summaries. If applicants are having difficulty understanding what the form requires and feel the Guidance is insufficient, they are of course very welcome to contact the office directly.”

“Hi Tim. I’m pleased to tell you that your record of successfully getting people through continues. Many thanks for all your patience & it definitely made all the difference.” 

First and foremost, do read the QC Appointment 2020 Guidance. But I would also strongly recommend that you consider the 2019 competition report  and especially the panel’s approach to the competencies  (although it dated 2018 this is current) these will give you a real insight into who gets appointed and why.

It is a straight forward process, but the application form can initially appear daunting.  Always have a copy of the competency framework to hand and throughout the competition make this your plumb line.

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Circuit Judge Competition 2020 – The Essentials

“I got it!!!”  – Circuit Judge

***** UPDATE  25 February 2020*****

Launched today – deadline for applications is 13:00 on St Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17 March 2020 – there are 50 vacancies with 38 for immediate appointment.

The JAC have a number of other competitions at various stages so I know I have an extremely busy few months ahead . So apologies, in advance, for any delays in responding but I’ll acknowledge messages and revert as soon as I’m able.

“Your input has been invaluable” – Resident Judge Candidate

It looks very similar to the 2019 competition (with a request for a description of your sitting experience)) but in many ways, this is one of the most straight forward competitions that the JAC run. It has evolved over the years and now successful candidates know what they have to do: demonstrate their evidence of the competencies. You have two panels you need to convince – the short-listing panel and the selection day panel. There is some very helpful feedback, sound guidance and clear advice from the JAC on their website. There are expected to be 80 vacancies, but as with other competitions, the number may vary as the competition progresses. 

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s9(4) Deputy High Court Judge Competition 2020

**** 8 September 2020 ****

Apologies am too busy to draft a full update but the delayed s9(4) finally launches today. 35 vacancies across the 3 divisions but with a wish list:  “We welcome applications from those with specialisms in commercial law, clinical negligence, planning law, technology and construction and media and communications as well as those considered more generalist. In addition, the Chancellor of the High Court has indicated that within the Chancery Division, applications are especially welcome from candidates with expertise in patents work.”

Deadline is 13:00 on Tuesday 29/01 – 1500 word statement and 500 words about your expertise. Given this competition was delayed from September last year and is now potentially seen as the main pipeline to the High Court Bench, this is likely to be a very competitive competition.  JAC s9(4) competition details here.

Any questions or an initial chat > 07969997335 E: [email protected]

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10 suggestions for improving the judicial appointments process

Anyone interested in sitting part-time or full-time needs to understand how the JAC’s selection process is evolving. It has changed significantly over the past 6 months with the introduction of  new competency frameworks, on-line applications and multiple-choice qualifying tests for some competitions.

Based on my experience of working with scores of candidates across most of these recent competitions – can I suggest the following:

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JAC Lifts the Fog on the Tyne – 00937: Deputy District Judge (Civil)

The JAC held a seminar in Newcastle to encourage and inform candidates about the 2014/15 DDJ(Civil) competition and shared some very helpful insights that I have tried to capture and highlight below.

DJ Chris Simmonds told a great story about how the DJ bench are the engine room for the judiciary. He talked about what it was really like sitting as a DJ, the challenges, the myths and the great support. He also told us about career development and that 5 of his DJ colleagues had applied and moved to the circuit bench.

Sarah Gane from the JAC then shared some thought provoking statistics: they recruit between 500 & 600 candidates each year for the main judicial posts as well as for 29 MOJ tribunals. She also encouraged the audience to investigate and consider other sitting options as well as the MOJ tribunals. Candidates could make very positive contributions and gain excellent experience via these positions.

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