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Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

Closing date:  14 February, 2018 - 13:00

Salary:  £491.69 a day (£509.87 with London Weighting)

Location:  Across England, Scotland and Wales


The JAC has been asked to identify candidates to recommend for the post of Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal.

This is an excellent opportunity for solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives with 250 vacancies across England, Scotland and Wales.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from:

  • solicitors, barristers and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience
  • advocates and solicitors in Scotland of at least 5 years standing
  • barristers and solicitors in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing
  • those who have gained experience in law which, in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, makes them as suitable for appointment as if they satisfy one of the conditions above

Whilst there is no upper or lower age limit for applicants, the age at which someone is appointed must allow for a reasonable length of service before the statutory retirement age of 70. For these posts, a reasonable length of service is usually considered to be 4 years.

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.

About the First-tier Tribunal

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 created a new two-tier tribunal system: a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The new structure brought together individual tribunals that had similar interests or operating practices into Chambers.

The seven First-tier Tribunal chambers are:

  • General Regulatory
  • Health, Education and Social Care
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Property
  • Social Entitlement
  • Tax
  • War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation

Each Chamber is headed by a Chamber President; overall responsibility for the tribunal system and judiciary rests with the Senior President of Tribunals.

Upon appointment, the Senior President of Tribunals will assign candidates to one of the seven chambers. Throughout the course of a First-tier Tribunal Judge’s appointment, assignment to other chambers may be possible subject to business needs.

View the tribunal structure and find out more about the jurisdictions within each chamber.

About the process

This exercise is due to open at 13:00 on 31 January, closing for applications at 13:00 on 14 February.

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a Competency Framework tailored to the role of a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by the judiciary 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 your self-assessment and choosing the best examples is available on the JAC website.

The first stage of the process will be an online qualifying test, the provisional date for which is 6 March.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection day consisting of a competency-based interview and role play. The JAC will also contact your nominated independent assessors at this stage, requesting submission of their evidence between 9 May and 30 May. The provisional dates for the selection days are:

18 to 22 June inclusive

25 to 29 June inclusive

9 to 13 July inclusive

16 to 20 July inclusive

30 July to 3 August inclusive

Faridah Eden is a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. Read Faridah’s case study to find out what she did to prepared for the selection process.