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Following the Lord Chancellor's Written Ministerial Statement on Judicial Pension Reform on 5 February, Her Majesty's Court and Tribunals Service and Judicial Office have asked that information be published for all candidates that have applied for any of the ongoing salaried selection exercises. These three documents, available as downloads on the right hand side of this page, are also made available for those people who may be considering applying for a salaried role over the coming months.
Decisions relating to the terms and conditions that apply to judicial posts are a matter for the Lord Chancellor. The Ministry of Justice are considering the implications of the recent Supreme Court Judgment O'Brien (Appellant) v Ministry of Justice (Formerly the Department for Constitutional Affairs) (Respondents) on all fee-paid vacancies.
On 5 April 2013 the Ministry of Justice published the following on its website:
Moratorium in fee-paid judicial pension cases
Following the case of O'Brien v Ministry of Justice and the decision of the UK Supreme Court that fee-paid Recorders are entitled to a pension, The Lord Chancellor has written today to the Lord Chief Justice, the Lord Chief Justice Northern Ireland, the Lord President of the Court of Session, the President of the UK Supreme Court and the Senior President of Tribunals to announce a moratorium in fee-paid judicial pension cases.
The purpose of the moratorium is to remove the need for potential claimants to lodge a "protective" claim from now on. The O'Brien case has been referred back to the Employment Tribunal and the litigation continues there.
The Moratorium in fee-paid judicial pension cases (PDF) is available from the Ministry of Justice website.