Office of Salaried Resident Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber
PURPOSE OF OFFICE
The purpose of judicial office is to administer justice according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill will in the First Tier, Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FtTIAC).
Resident Judges are appointed by the Senior President of Tribunals under Schedule 2 paragraph 1 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement (TCE) Act 2007 and further amended by Schedule 13 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. A Resident Judge is to have such functions as the President may assign to him. Immigration Judges, who in turn are assigned work by the Resident Judge, constitute a one-person statutory tribunal, hearing appeals at first instance against the decisions of the Home Secretary, Immigration Officers at ports of entry to the United Kingdom and Entry Clearance Officers at British diplomatic posts abroad about entry to, entitlement to stay in, and removal from, the United Kingdom.
The President will expect the Regional Judge to sit at least 50% of the time in the FtTIAC, normally at their hearing centre, either alone or in developmental panels hearing substantive and more complex appeals. In addition if the Resident Judge also holds an appointment to sit in the UTIAC to do so at least 20 days per year.
Resident Judge are the principals at their assigned Regional Hearing Centre and work closely with any Designated Judge/Assistant Resident Judge in post in their region. The President is responsible for the efficient processing of appeals through the Resident Judge.
The post of Resident Judge exists at most major Immigration Regional Centres in the country. In addition to the requirement of sitting as a judge of FtTIAC, the Resident Judge exercises a delegated responsibility from the President for the allocation of cases to Immigration Judges in the region: -
- reporting to the President on the accommodation and judicial needs of the region;
- implementing the President's directions in the overall supervision of listing and judicial work of the region to ensure judicial quality and efficiency;
- attending, as required, Resident Judge’s Conferences when convened by the President;
- the management of judicial business in their centre and any satellite centres;
- maintaining and improving judicial standards in the region, including meeting such judicial performance standards as may be set nationally which are consistent with good quality decision-making and the provision of a fair and speedy appeals service;
- acting on behalf of the President in investigating complaints against Immigration Judges outside of their region and preparing a preliminary report for the President;
- ensuring the efficient processing of appeals at their centre and any satellite Hearing Centre in his or her charge;
- supervising the allocation and disposal of cases in which the appellant has requested that the appeal be determined without a hearing, or where no representative has been nominated in the United Kingdom;
- providing such further assistance to the President as he or she may from time to time request;
- attending on behalf of the President and representing the FtTIAC in meetings and conferences as required both nationally and regionally;
- mentoring and meeting with all the judges assigned to their Hearing Centre on a regular basis;
- ensuring the needs and welfare of all the judges in their centre, keeping records as to welfare and sickness issues and notifying the President or his office in accordance with the Welfare Policy for Judicial Office Holders.
OFFICE OF A RESIDENT JUDGE
Accountabilities and Key Tasks
Resident Judges in accordance with their job description exercise a delegated responsibility from the President. This job description sets out the general role for Resident Judge.
Overall the aim is to maintain and improve judicial standards in the region, including meeting such judicial performance targets as may be set nationally which are consistent with good quality decision making in the provision of a fair and speedy appeal service. This will be achieved by: -
- Being available to address and assist Immigration Judges with enquiries and problems.
- Liaising with and directing the work of any Designated or Assistant Resident Judge in post in the region.
- Monitoring weekly the timely return of determinations by full and part-time Immigration Judges.
- Discussion of performance issues with individual Immigration Judges as required.
- Corresponding with and warning Immigration Judges of problems about delays highlighted by the outstanding determination list.
- Scrutinising daily the performance statistics within the region and in particular considering weekly the outstanding determination list.
- Maintaining records on full time Immigration Judges in relation to absence due to sickness, leave and training.
- Monitoring judicial sitting levels, adjournments and disposal rates and ensuring a fair allocation of work amongst the full time Immigration Judges.
- Reviewing and monitoring the quality of determinations from remits and distributing leave grants and refusals.
- Observing Immigration Judges periodically in the hearing rooms.
- Supporting and, where appropriate, managing the appraisal process.
- Supporting and, where appropriate, managing the mentoring process.
- Investigating complaints on behalf of the President and preparing a preliminary report in accordance with the Complaints Rules and Regulations.
- Reporting any serious disciplinary issues to the President.
- Giving references or monitoring reports on Immigration Judges in the region as required.
- Organising and chairing bi-monthly (at least) meetings of Immigration Judges.
- Visiting managed hearing centres and satellites in the region at least every three months.
Ensure the efficient disposal of cases by: -
- Overseeing list splits and float lists.
- Dealing with requests for adjournments or delegating them.
- Dealing with queries that cannot be answered at Leicester.
- Dealing with transfers under Rule 45 in accordance with the agreed guidance.
- Liaising closely with the administration on listing practices to comply with Best Practice Guidelines.
- Checking that bails are listed within target.
- Checking that detained cases are listed within target.
- Monitoring adjournment rates and disposal rates and liaising about or taking action to resolve delays or problems as appropriate.
- Informing Immigration Judges of any points of principle that may be appropriate.
- Identifying training needs arising from cases or regional issues.
Liaison with Administration
- Liaise with the administrative staff on all aspects of case and general centre management.
- Advise and assist the administrative staff as needed on any judicial administrative issues.
- Meeting the Centre Manager, List Office Manager and Office Managers at least weekly, unless otherwise agreed.
- Liaise daily with the Listing Managers and List Office staff.
- Liaising on the control of resources, the availability of accommodation and the allocation of accommodation.
- Liaise on security issues.
- Liaise and decide on the cancellation of hearings if needed.
Liaison with Stakeholders
- Hold regular user meetings.
- Be involved in official visits to the hearing centre.
- Handle press or publicity issues in consultation, as required, with the LCD Press Office or the Chief or Deputy President.
- Subject to the business needs of the hearing centre to sit in the FtTIAC on a regular basis either alone or in panels for at least 50% of the time (and also in the UTIAC if they already hold appointment as a Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge).
- Delegate functions as needed.
- Is expected to be IT-literate and to make the fullest use possible of electronic means of communication.
- Identify IT needs in response to requests from full and part-time judiciary.
- Liaise with the Legal and Research Unit to ensure proper library resources are available at all relevant centres.
- Identifying and being involved in training needs as appropriate including attending training conferences, preparing training materials and acting as facilitators as required.
- Ensuring any training needs at the hearing centre are identified and reported to the training judge.
- Liaise closely with the designated/assistant Resident Judge.
- Report to the President on regional needs generally, for example accommodation, books, additional judiciary, and satellite courts.
- Provide an annual report on the work of the region to the President in April each year.
- Take part, as required, in the judicial recruitment and interview process.