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Specialist Civil Circuit Judge
The JAC has been asked to identify one candidate to recommend as a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge. This important role is based in Manchester and sits in the newly-established Business and Property Courts.
The Business and Property Courts of England and Wales were launched in July 2017 and comprise the Commercial Court (including the Admiralty Court), the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division. In London, these specialist jurisdictions operate together at the Rolls Building. In addition, there are five main regional centres, one of which is Manchester.
The successful candidate will deal mainly with Commercial work with some sittings in the other jurisdictions of the Business and Property Courts. They will also be expected to sit regularly in the Administrative Court, undertaking a wide variety of judicial review work and dealing with urgent applications, and to assist with immigration judicial review applications to the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber. When available, they will also be expected to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division and in the County Court on multi track trials, appeals and significant applications.
There may also be the opportunity to sit in the Royal Courts of Justice for up to 6 weeks each year to assist with the work of the courts.
Who can apply
You do not need to have previous judicial experience to apply for this post. Applications are invited from:
- barristers and solicitors in England and Wales with at least 7 years post-qualification legal experience; or
- Recorders; or
- Circuit Judges; or
- Those who have held, as a full-time appointment for at least 3 years, one of the offices listed in Part IA of Schedule 2 to the Courts Act 1971
Although there is no upper or lower age limit, candidates are expected to be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of three years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
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.
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