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Recorder Application Seminar

Recorder Application Seminar

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) will be launching a selection exercise in June 2023.  to recruit fee-paid Recorders.

The seminar

A seminar will take place online via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 8 June from  5pm – 6pm for those interested in applying for appointment as a fee-paid Recorder.

The seminar aims to help applicants be better prepared to make an application and to receive guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process. Attendees will include a Recorder and a representative from the JAC.

Who should attend?

The competition will be open to candidates who do not have previous judicial experience.

Seven years’ legal post qualification experience is needed.

Applications are particularly encouraged from women, ethnic minority lawyers, disabled lawyers and solicitors who are currently under represented within the judiciary.

Overview of the role

The statutory jurisdiction of a Recorder is similar to that of a Circuit Judge. Recorders are required to read and assimilate case papers before a hearing or trial commences and play an active role in case management. Recorders control the manner in which cases are conducted and decide issues of law and procedure that may arise during a case and provide reasons for any ruling.

The main activities of a Recorder are as follows:

  • Preparing for Trial and Case Management in the Crown Court, County Courts and Family Court
  • Presiding over Court Hearings
  • Deciding Appeals
  • Other Duties include, for example:
  • Determining any necessary paper applications
  • When your own Court schedule permits, assisting other Judges with hearings and paper applications.
  • Assessing costs and reviewing detailed assessments.

Location and jurisdiction 

Recorders are appointed nationally; they are assigned by the Lord Chief Justice to a Circuit within England and Wales.

Candidates for posts in Wales need to have an understanding, or the ability to acquire the understanding, of the administration of justice in Wales, including legislation applicable to Wales and Welsh devolution arrangements.

It may be helpful for those interested in becoming Recorders to know the deployment principles that recommendations are based on:

  • The merit order of candidates
  • The breakdown of requirements provided by HMCTS
  • The ranked location preferences provided by the candidates
  • The candidates’ home addresses

Therefore, unless there are exceptional circumstances, the most meritorious candidates will be given their first preference for jurisdiction and location until the HMCTS requirements have been met. Candidates should consider jurisdiction and location carefully when ranking Location or jurisdiction when they apply.

In some circumstances an offer of appointment may be made to a location and/or jurisdiction that a candidate has not ranked on application due to all HMCTS requirements already being met on their preferred location or jurisdiction


If you have any queries regarding the seminar or would like to ask a question to the panel, then please email:

Event Registration Section 1

Please complete your personal information using the fields below.

Please provide your main contact number.

Please provide your email address.

It would be helpful for us to know how you heard about the scheme so that we can better direct our publicity. Please tick the relevant box and specify where appropriate.
Event Registration Section 2

Please complete the information below.

Please state your qualification.
In which category does your last place of work fall?

Have you previously considered applying for judicial office?
If yes, please indicate the type of appointment that is of interest to you using the options below.
Have you participated in the Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme?
Are you familiar with the judicial appointments process?
Please indicate below if you would like any reasonable adjustments in relation to a disability.
We will also keep you informed of other diversity events or support initiatives that may be of interest in helping you consider a judicial career. If you do not wish to receive this information (which is occasional) please tick the box below to opt out.
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Please select your ethnicity from the list provided, or select "Rather not say" if you do not wish to disclose this information.
Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages of 11-18?
If you went to University (to study a BA, BSc course or higher), were you part of the first generation of your family to do so?
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Jun 08 2023


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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