Women were recommended for more posts than men for the first time in the latest set of statistics released by the Judicial Appointments Commission today.
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The Crime and Courts Act and its regulations improve the efficiency, transparency and diversity of judicial appointments.
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Lady Justice Macur has been appointed as the JAC's Vice Chairman, replacing Lady Justice Black whose term of office ended last month.
Nine opportunities to sit in the High Court's Queen's Bench or Family Divisions are available.
All hearings are held in Manchester.
A second Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has been selected for judicial appointment.
The judiciary are hosting an event for legal academics who may or may not have considered applying for judicial office and are interested in finding out more.
The Judicial Diversity Taskforce has published its third report, which outlines the progress achieved since the previous report.
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Closing date for applications: Noon 10 September 2013
Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir John Thomas as the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 1 October 2013
WOMEN made up a third of the recommendations for appointment to the High Court (Queen's Bench and Family Divisions).
Closing date: 12 noon Monday 1 July 2013
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Closing date for expressions of interest is noon 31 May 2013.
Closing date is 30 June 2013
Today the Judicial Appointments Commission has launched a consultation on how to apply the "equal merit" provision in the Crime and Courts Act 2013.
On Tuesday 7 May an exercise will be launched to identify a successor to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge who retires later this year. It is expected that the successful candidate will take up appointment on 1 October 2013. Applications close on 28 May.
The Act includes a number of provisions to improve the efficiency and transparency of courts and tribunals and to enhance judicial diversity.
The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of four new High Court Judges.
The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of three new Lady Justices of Appeal and seven new Lord Justices of Appeal
The closing date is Monday 18 March.
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling has today made a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament
The JAC, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, General Council of the Bar and Law Society of England and Wales, are asking what attracts lawyers to - or puts them off from - applying to be a judge
00770: Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber which closed on 8 January 2013, received 22 applications for the one role.
A QUARTER of the lawyers recently recommended for appointment as 28 Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) were black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).
Numbers now available for the Designated Civil Judge and Designated Family Judge; and Fee-paid Appointed Person Exercises
The JAC's Chairman (Chris Stephens) and Chief Executive (Nigel Reader) attended a judicial diversity event, 'Judge for Yourself', on 22 November 2012.
For further information and to apply online please visit www.nijac.gov.uk. Closing date is noon, Monday 10 December 2012
Expressions of Interest are sought from serving Circuit Judges and Recorders to sit in the High Court to meet business requirements.
An exercise to select up to nine new Justices for the Court of Appeal will be launched 19 November. Sections 76-84 of the Constitutional Reform Act set out the process to be followed for the appointment of Lords Justices of Appeal.
Nine roles are available in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court and two in the Family Division.
Application numbers for 00709 - 00711 - 00721 - 00727 - 00733 - 00734 - 00735
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Unusual opportunities for financial services and pensions specialists to apply for judicial roles in the Upper Tribunal, Tax and Chancery Chamber are available through the Judicial Appointments Commission.
The Judicial Diversity Taskforce has today published its second report, which outlines the progress achieved in driving forward change.
Selection exercise 00712 Circuit Judge closed on 31 July. The JAC received 292 applications in total.
This is the first opportunity in two years to apply for this salaried, full-time position, which last time attracted over 400 applications for 30 roles.
The JAC's Annual Report, 'Selecting on merit - improving speed, cost and diversity' has been laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor today.
Two years since the last opportunity to apply, Circuit Judge Family and Crime positions are available for application again and there are more than 50 expected vacancies.
The District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) 2012 selection exercise is still expected to launch in July, however, there has been a temporary delay and we are unable to confirm an exact launch date at this time.
Applications are invited for appointment to the Office of the Recorder of London at the Central Criminal Court.
Impressive results for women in the sixth set of Official Statistics published by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today, show they are consistently strong performers when applying for judicial appointment up to and including the High Court.
Selection exercise 00701 Deputy District Judge (Civil) closed on the 3 May. The JAC received 1,017 applications in total.
The Lord Chancellor today announced the appointment by Her Majesty the Queen of The Honourable Mr Justice Wilkie as a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), following selection by the Judges' Council.
The Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) of the Caymen Islands invites applications for the position of Court of Appeal Judge.
The very popular fee-paid position of Deputy District Judge (Civil) is available for application again two years after the last opportunity, which attracted around 1500 applications for just 193 roles.
Welcoming the report, JAC Chairman Christopher Stephens said: "Judicial diversity is increasing but faster progress will take concerted and innovative action from many different bodies, including the legal professions and judiciary itself."
Almost 150 judges are needed to hear appeals concerning entitlement to benefits based on an assessment of incapacity and disability.
Equality and fair treatment is at the centre of all the JAC does and we make significant efforts to ensure all our processes are fair and open and that all applicants receive equal treatment.
Around 150 judicial opportunities are available for doctors to become part-time tribunal members.
The JAC has submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation 'Appointments and diversity: A judiciary for the 21st century'.
Eight new JAC Commissioners have been appointed from 1 February 2012. They replace those Commissioners whose terms of office ended on 31 January 2012.
Selection exercise 00529: Fee-paid Service Members of the First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber) closed on the 1 February 2012. The JAC received 122 applications in total for 10 vacancies.
Selection exercise 00535: Fee-paid Specialist Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, Criminal Injuries Compensation closed on the 10 January. The JAC received 106 applications in total.
The War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber hears appeals relating to the old War Pensions Scheme, which ran from 1918 to 2005 and the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, which started in 2005.
The online qualifying test for Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Court) will now close at midnight today.
This exercise closed on 22 December 2011. The JAC received 142 applications in total.
The 81 Recorder crime jurisdiction recommendations will be sent to the Lord Chancellor in March 2012.
Lawyers will have the opportunity to become High Court, Senior Circuit, Circuit and District Judges, plus apply for popular tribunal positions, in the April 2012 to March 2013 programme now published on the JAC website.
The War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber needs 10 new specialist members. Could that be you?
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice today announced the appointment by Her Majesty the Queen of Her Honour Judge Taylor, Martin Forde QC, and Alexandra Marks as Commissioners of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).
Selection exercise 00526: Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Court) closed on the 6 December 2011. The JAC received 1,483 applications in total.
The Lord Chancellor has today approved the appointment of Nigel Reeder as Chief Executive of the JAC with immediate effect.
SENIOR Circuit Judge vacancies focussed on heavyweight crime with additional substantial leadership duties are now available, alongside a Specialist Circuit Judge vacancy that will primarily deal with business disputes.
PROFESSIONALS and volunteers with substantial experience of working with victims of violent crime are being encouraged to put themselves forward for judicial roles. The positions are available for the first time in six years from today.
FOR the first time the JAC is selecting judges mainly to hear a range of welfare appeals in the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber.
A high level of women were successful in becoming judges in the two largest judicial selection exercises completed by the JAC between April and September 2011
The FCO are inviting applications for this position based in Luxembourg.
We welcome the opportunity to comment on the Government's proposals.
Solicitors, ILEX Fellows and barristers can apply from today for Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Court) positions, hearing criminal cases in the Magistrates' Courts.
The Ministry of Justice are inviting applications for the post of UK judge of the European Court of Human Rights, which has its seat in Strasbourg.
For the opportunity to hear the first appeals in a new tribunal and gain further possible tribunal work in the future, hydrologists should apply for specialist member roles in the General Regulatory Chamber (Environment).
Lawyers are encouraged to apply for five roles in the High Court Chancery Division.
Murder, complex fraud, major gang crimes (including drugs and weapons), and serious sexual offences are just some of the cases successful applicants for new heavyweight crime Circuit Judge vacancies will be authorised to hear.
From today, we have 62 vacancies for JAC panel members and chairs to assess candidates for judicial appointment.
The JAC is seeking 10 Deputy Judges of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber from today.
BLD holds its sixth annual Black History Month Event and the official launch of its Black Letter Law 2011 publication at the Law Society on Thursday 6 October 2011.
There is one immediate and three potential future vacancies for the role of Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Health Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health).
Beverley Lang, QC, has been appointed a Justice of the High Court with effect from 3 October 2011.
A vacancy has arisen for a salaried Employment Judge in Scotland
Rabinder Singh, QC, has been appointed a Justice of the High Court with effect from 3 October.
The Ministry of Justice is inviting applications to become Commissioners of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
The Judicial Appointments Commission is pleased that the Lord Chancellor has accepted and laid before Parliament its fifth annual report, 'Building the best judiciary for a diverse society'.
For the first time in almost a decade, there is a new opportunity for transport specialists to hear tribunal cases relating mainly to road transport licensing.
The JAC has decided to start monitoring the sexual orientation of candidates.
The JAC has responded to the House of Lords Constitution Committee's call for evidence in their inquiry into the judicial appointments process.
The best candidates to become fee-paid employment judges included a large proportion of women, as shown by the latest set of official statistics published by the JAC today.
For the first time in more than 10 years, dentists are being sought to hear tribunal cases relating to dentistry.
Twenty five judges are being sought to primarily deal with cases of restricted patients, who are accused or convicted of often serious criminal offences and are detained in hospitals, or living in the community on a conditional discharge.
From today, two salaried positions are open for application in the Chancery Division of the High Court. These are Registrar in Bankruptcy of the High Court and Master of the Chancery Division.
In the last round more than 500 applications were received for 81 roles, and from today there is just under a month to get your application in to the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) for an expected 56 District Judge (Civil) positions.
Unusual opportunities for lawyers who are experts in tax, financial services, insolvency and chancery practice to go straight into salaried judicial roles are available through selection exercises launched today.
The JAC has published its Business Plan for 2011-12. The Plan sets out the organisation's strategic objectives, milestones for activity and what will be achieved within the funding provided.
From today, the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is seeking more than 150 medical practitioners registered with the General Medical Council for judicial positions within the Social Entitlement Chamber.
The popular fee-paid judicial role of Recorder is open for application again with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) launching the recruitment for 98 positions.
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice today announced the appointment by Her Majesty of Christopher Stephens as Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).
A cross-profession debate entitled Women in the Law, led by law firm Eversheds, will take place as part of the WOW - Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre on Saturday, and will also feature former JAC Commissioner Frances Kirkham.
FOR the first time in five years there is the opportunity to apply to become a fee-paid immigration and asylum judge in the First-tier Tribunal, through a selection exercise launched by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today.
The JAC seeks views on whether it should amend its merit criterion: 'an ability to understand and deal fairly'.
Regional judges, who will lead around 12 district judges and 250 fee-paid judges and members in the First-tier Tribunal Social Entitlement Chamber, are now being sought.
TWENTY selection exercises have been confirmed for the next financial year as the JAC publishes the new 2011 to 2012 programme on its website today.
Double the number of Social Entitlement Chamber salaried judicial roles are available than were in the last opportunity through a JAC recruitment exercise starting today.
A plan to support more solicitors who wish to join the judiciary has been announced by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) and Law Society today.
The Lord Chancellor has written to Baroness Jay of Paddington, the Chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, setting out the findings of the end to end review of judicial appointments.
An updated version of our Good Character Guidance has now been published on this website. Candidates should ensure that they read this carefully before making an application.
The JAC is currently quality assuring the qualifying test for a Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber selection exercise and is looking for candidates to sit a dry-run of the test.
The expected launch dates and number of vacancies for two selection exercises starting in the New Year have changed: District Judge (Civil) and Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber.
Last week's New Law Journal has an article on the work the JAC has done to encourage more successful applications from solicitors, by Edward Nally - Senior Partner of Fielding Porter Solicitors, JAC Commissioner and former Law Society President.
Two black minority ethnic (BME) candidates were recommended for appointment in the most recent High Court selection exercise run by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).
Challenging leadership roles for immigration judges are being advertised by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) from today. These provide an excellent opportunity to undertake interesting work in this very topical area of law.
The current Senior Circuit Judge exercise is in this month's Counsel magazine in an article by Lord Justice Toulson, JAC Vice Chairman.
The JAC is pleased to announce the appointment of The Right Honourable Lady Justice Black DBE and The Honourable Mr Justice Bean as Commissioners of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
From today there is a rare opportunity to apply for a significant number of criminal law Senior Circuit Judge roles across the country, including at the Old Bailey where for the first time there is to be a vacancy suitable for salaried part-time working.
The JAC welcomes the Lord Chancellor's announcement that the JAC should be retained as 'a valued independent body which does much to bring openness to the way candidates are selected for judicial appointments'.
A substantial number of Social Entitlement Chamber judges are being selected to deal with welfare appeals, in the first vacancies for three years with eight times more positions available than in the last recruitment exercise.
This is available through the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) who is inviting applications for these salaried judicial roles from today.
Lucy Morgan Theis, Q.C., has been appointed a Justice of the High Court with effect from 15 November 2010. She will be assigned to the Family Division.
An article by JAC Commissioner District Judge Charles Newman outlines the benefits to legal executives of taking part in 'dry runs' of the appointment process.
The magazine features an opinion piece by the Chairman, reflecting on how our relationship with the Society has developed during her time in office.
The JAC Chairman Baroness Usha Prashar gave evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body on 21 September 2010.
The Justice Committee questioned the JAC in a one off evidence session on Tuesday 7 September at the Palace of Westminster.
The JAC welcomes Sir John Brigstocke's Annual Report and the continued scrutiny that he provides of our selection processes.
The Judicial Appointments Commission is pleased that the Lord Chancellor has accepted and laid before Parliament its fourth Annual Report, 'Independent Selection of a Modern Judiciary'.
Evidence of leadership and management will need to be shown in applications for some senior judicial roles from today as the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) publishes a new quality for selections.
The JAC today published selection exercise diversity data from October 2009 to March 2010 and jointly with the MoJ, the first analysis of the appointment of women and BME candidates to judicial office over 10 years.
Following consultation with the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice has appointed Lady Justice Hallett DBE to be Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board from 31 July 2010.
The Feedback Report on the performance of candidates in the Deputy District Judge (Civil) Qualifying Test, together with a copy of the test itself and the supporting documents, can now be viewed.
On Friday 16 April 2010 the Judicial Appointments Commission will meet members of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission and the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland at Canada House, London.
The guide sets out information on becoming a judge and gives an insight into life in the judiciary and its responsibilities. It is designed to inspire and encourage candidates from all backgrounds.
The Ministry of Justice announced today that as part of its efficiency programme, there will be a review of the end to end judicial appointments process.
The JAC seeks views on whether it should ask candidates for judicial office for their consent to share personal data about them with the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Office, and Tribunals Judicial Office.
Responding to the publication of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Panel Report today, Baroness Prashar, Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) said:
Diversity statistics for two of the most popular selection exercises for fee paid roles run by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) last year are among a six month set of statistics published today.
From today you can see an online example of a role-play exercise of the type you might face during our selection exercises for some posts such as Recorder or Deputy District Judge.
The Lord Chancellor today announced the re-appointments by Her Majesty of Dame Hazel Genn, Sir Geoffrey Inkin, Her Honour Judge Frances Kirkham, Edward Nally and Sara Nathan as Commissioners of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
An updated version of the Good Character Guidance has now been published on the website. Please ensure that you read this carefully before completing your application.
The selection exercise for Fee Paid Employment Judge, Employment Tribunal has been rescheduled from March 2010 to February 2010. The number of vacancies has increased to 51.
We regret that the selection exercise for Salaried Employment Judge, Employment Tribunal has been withdrawn from the selection programme by the business area.
In light of the current and prospective disruption to Royal Mail services, please be aware that mail sent to or from the JAC may be delayed.
The selection exercise for First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber (Social Security and Child Support) Fee Paid Tribunal Member (Financially Qualified) has been withdrawn from the JAC's 2009/2010 programme at the request of the Tribunals Service.
The JAC Chairman Baroness Usha Prashar gave evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body on 23 September 2009.
Master of the Queen's Bench Division.
First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, Salaried Judge.
The facility to upload application forms is temporarily unavailable.
The programme of Selection Exercises for 2009-10 has been updated.
The Judicial Appointments Commission submitted evidence in response to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform Consultation Paper, Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice.
The selection exercise for Police Appeals Tribunal, Fee Paid Chairman has been removed from the JAC's 2009/2010 programme at the request of MoJ. Unfortunately it is not yet known when this will be re-scheduled.
The Judicial Appointments Commission is pleased that the Lord Chancellor has accepted and laid before Parliament its third Annual Report, 'Selecting The Best For The Delivery Of Justice'.
Key bodies interested in increasing diversity in the Judiciary have agreed a series of measures to speed up the process.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today published the results of the 24 selection exercises completed between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. They show a steeply increased competition for posts.
The JAC's selection exercise programme for 2009/2010 has changed.
The application closing date for this selection exercise has changed from 25 June to 2 July.
Research commissioned by the JAC from the British Market Research Bureau, shows that some myths still persist which need to be dispelled:
The Lord Chancellor Jack Straw announced today he had set up an Advisory Panel chaired by Baroness Neuberger with the following terms of reference:
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today published selection exercise data for the 76 Recorder vacancies across the Northern, North Eastern and Wales circuits.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has commissioned independent research to find out from solicitors and barristers what attracts them to - or puts them off from - applying to be a judge.
The JAC Chairman Baroness Usha Prashar gave evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body on 25 September.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today (6 October) published data on seven selection exercises completed since 1 April 2008 including the selection exercise data for the High Court.
Five new appointments to the High Court mean there are now 14 women on the Bench, the highest number ever.
The JAC welcomes the Ombudsman's valuable report.
The JAC has submitted a paper in response to the Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill's call for evidence.
The Judicial Appointments Commission gave evidence to a parliamentary select committee on Wednesday 4th June.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) today published data on 27 selection exercises completed from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. The JAC received a total of 2535 valid applications and 458 selections were sent to the Lord Chancellor.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has been asked by Jack Straw, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice to appoint a selection panel for the appointment of the new Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
The Commission welcomes this opportunity to set out its views on the important issues of independence, responsibility and accountability raised by the Consultation Paper
On Friday 28 July we published the measures against which the progress of the joint strategy to promote diversity in the judiciary will be monitored.