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Chief Bankruptcy Registrar
About the role
Bankruptcy Registrars are officers of the Senior Courts. They are attached to the Bankruptcy and Companies Courts, which in turn form part of the Chancery Division of the High Court. They sit at the Royal Courts of Justice.
In addition to undertaking the full range of judicial tasks undertaken by a Bankruptcy Registrar, the Chief Bankruptcy Registrar has an important leadership role.
Bankruptcy Registrars hear and determine a wide variety of personal and company insolvency cases under the Insolvency Act 1986, the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and related legislation. The activities of a Registrar include hearings in open court and hearings and applications in chambers and on paper.
The Chief Bankruptcy Registrar oversees the disposal of business in the Bankruptcy and Companies Courts, liaising with the administrative staff and overseeing the work of the Registrars and Deputy Registrars, allocating their work and controlling the regularity of their sittings. There are currently 4 Bankruptcy Registrars and 14 Deputies. The Chief Bankruptcy Registrar provides support and guidance to the Registrars and Deputies, sharing information and knowledge and supporting their professional development.
Among other things, the Chief Bankruptcy Registrar also reports to the Chancellor of the High Court on all aspects of the business of the Companies and Bankruptcy Courts; advises the Chancellor and other judges on procedural matters; drafts and issues Practice Statements; and meets and corresponds with District Judges and all others dealing with insolvency matters in the county courts.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least 5 years post qualification experience engaged in law related activities. Candidates must also have relevant experience in companies and insolvency work, and should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years for this post, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
In addition, the Lord Chancellor expects that candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant experience sitting as a judge in a salaried capacity, or in a fee-paid capacity having completed 30 sitting days at the point of application. Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.
The Commission encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.
About the process
Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of the Chief Bankruptcy Registrar. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by Judicial Office and Judicial College, and lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.
As part of your application you will be required to provide, in no more than 250 words per competency, specific examples that demonstrate how your experiences make you suitable for the role. Further information on completing the self-assessment and choosing the best examples is on the JAC website.
You are advised to start preparing your examples in advance, putting aside sufficient time to develop relevant examples that demonstrate your suitability for the post.
You can also create an online account before you apply. The JAC's online application system requires all candidates to create an account before applying for judicial office. Your account will include your personal, character and diversity profiles. This information is stored on the system so, if you apply for another position in the future, you only need to update your details making the application process quicker and easier.
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