District Judge application seminars (London/South East Circuit)
The Judiciary are holding a series of online seminars in September via Microsoft Teams for Deputy District Judges, Fee-Paid and Salaried Employment Judges, and Fee-Paid and Salaried Tribunal Judges interested in applying for a District Judge (DJ) appointment in England and Wales, organised on the geographical regions – the Courts circuit system – where there will be vacancies. Judges who sit in the reserved tribunals in Scotland and those sitting in devolved tribunals in Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply provided they meet the statutory eligibility criteria.
The seminars will be taking place at 5-6pm on:
- Thursday 9 Sept – Wales
- Tuesday 14 Sept – Midland Circuit
- Wednesday 15 Sept – London/South East Circuit
- Thursday 16 Sept – Northern Circuit
- Tuesday 21 Sept – North Eastern Circuit
- Wednesday 22 Sept – Western Circuit
The seminars aim to help judges learn about the role of Salaried District Judge, be better prepared to make an application for salaried appointment and to receive up to date guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process.
You will hear from local leadership judges and serving District Judges (Civil and Family) from the relevant Circuit and a representative from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) and there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.
Who should attend?
All judicial office holders interested in applying for a DJ role can attend. This seminar is facilitated by Judicial HR and supports the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2025. Applications from under-represented groups are particularly welcome.
To reserve a place, please email JudicialHRDiversityEvents@judiciary.uk specifying which circuit seminar you wish to attend. Registration closes 24 hours before each seminar.
We recommend you attend the seminar for the circuit in which you would like to be based, but as they are online you can attend whichever is more convenient for you and more than one seminar (subject to numbers).
Please note that places will be on a first come first served basis.
The JAC are expected to launch a recruitment exercise for District Judges in October.
District judges are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen after a fair and open competition administered by the Judicial Appointments Commission, and the statutory qualification is a minimum of five years’ right of audience in any part of the Supreme Court, or all proceedings in county courts or magistrates’ courts. The forthcoming competition will only be open to those with previous judicial experience.
District judges sit on a full-time or salaried part-time basis in the county courts and District Registries of the High Court on a wide spectrum of Civil and Family cases. Salaried part-time working (SPTW) may be available for some posts subject to it having no material adverse impact on the business needs of the courts or the services to users. SPTW options are a matter for discussion and agreement with the appropriate senior judiciary, following selection by the JAC.
For more information on a DJ role please go to District judge | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (link, opens in a new tab).
The Circuits / Regions of England & Wales
A list of the county courts can be found here: List of County Court venues in England and Wales – Wikipedia (link, opens in a new tab).
If you wish to check if there is a county court in a particular town/city, please use the online court finder, here: Find a Court or Tribunal – GOV.UK (link, opens in a new tab).