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Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property, Property Chamber

Closing date:  8 June, 2017 - 13:00

 

The JAC is seeking to identify 3 candidates to recommend for the post of Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property, Property Chamber. These are salaried posts based in London.

The Property Chamber handles applications, appeals and references relating to disputes over property and land. Residential property disputes handled by the chamber include:

  • the determination of ‘fair’ or ‘market’ rents
  • leasehold management disputes, including service charges
  • leasehold enfranchisement claims
  • appeals against local authority notices about the condition of a property
  • appeals relating to the licensing of houses in multiple occupation
  • appeals against the imposition of financial penalties for housing offences
  • applications for rent repayment orders
  • disputes relating to park homes
  • disputes about the right to buy where a property is considered to be particularly suitable for the elderly

Approximately 10,000 cases are received by the tribunal every year of which 6,000 are dealt with in London.

Cases are usually heard by a panel of 2: a legally qualified member or valuer-chair and a valuer, professional or lay member. In certain circumstances a third specialist member will sit on the panel and on other occasions a judge or valuer-chair will sit alone depending on the nature of the case.

In addition to hearing cases, some of which are particularly complex and of high value, and dealing with procedural work, Deputy Regional Judges assist the Regional Judge by:

  • advising on the judicial resource requirements of the region
  • allocating cases
  • conducting appraisals and providing references
  • investigating complaints against the judiciary
  • providing advice and assistance to the judiciary
  • participating in the provision of training
  • working with HMCTS colleagues to provide an efficient and effective service

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply for these posts if:

a) you are a solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification experience

b) you are an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 5 years standing

c) you are a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing

d) in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, you have gained experience in law which makes you as suitable for appointment as if you satisfy any of the conditions at (a) to (c)

In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

The Lord Chancellor also 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 JAC 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.

Preparing your application

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specific to the role of Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property, Property Chamber. 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.