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S9(4) Seminar – Application Seminar – Legal Professionals

The JAC are expected to launch a recruitment exercise early 2022.

An online seminar is taking place via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 23 November 2021 via MS Teams at 5pm to 6pm for those interested in applying for S9(4) appointment.

This seminar is organised on behalf of the Judicial Diversity Committee to assist implementation of the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Speakers will include Judicial Office Holders and a representative from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

Who should attend?

This seminar is open to all barristers, solicitors or academics with 7 years post qualification legal experience and, meet the eligibility requirements for Deputy High Court Judges.

Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented groups. Please note that places for the seminar will be on a first come first served basis.

Why should you attend?

To be better prepared to make an application and to receive up to date guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process.

Please register at: S9(4) Seminar – Application Seminar – Legal Professionals

You can also share the below link in an email or on your website:

If you have any queries or a question to submit to the panel then please  contact: JudicialHRDiversityEvents@judiciary.uk


In 2019 the JAC information page gave the following helpful background information about the role:

Those appointed to sit as Deputy High Court Judges will be expected to undertake work which would otherwise be undertaken by salaried High Court Judges.

The work will include dealing with cases, requiring meticulous preparation. Successful candidates will occasionally be asked to reach decisions on paper alone, and may be given a specific trial or hearing that could last one or 2 weeks.

Depending on the jurisdiction, successful candidates may be given the opportunity to sit across all divisions of the High Court – subject to the approval of the senior judiciary – and hear a range of work including:

  • cases arising out of business and property law disputes, both national and international
  • public and private law cases involving children and families, including finding of fact hearings dealing with controversial and difficult medical issues
  • financial disputes, including substantial asset divorce cases, cases in relation to children where the parents are unmarried, and financial cases and jurisdictional disputes following foreign divorce decrees
  • child abduction and international family law, including relocation cases and the inter-relation of the law of England and Wales with European law
  • cases in contract, tort and other areas and possibly specialist topics such as planning, commercial, defamation and construction
  • in the administrative court, judicial review claims and statutory challenges to the actions of public authorities, such as government ministers, local authorities and other public-sector bodies.



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