Familiarisation visits for prospective judicial candidates

Familiarisation visits for prospective judicial candidates

Visits to the Supreme Court for potential candidates for forthcoming judicial vacancies

As with previous competitions, the Supreme Court will be hosting familiarisation visits for those considering applying for appointment as a Justice in the 2019 competition announced in February 2019.

These sessions will comprise:

  • The opportunity to sit in court (with access to the parties' core bundle) and follow proceedings for up to two hours; and / or
  • A private meeting of up to one hour with a current Justice not directly involved in the appointments process to discuss the nature, challenges and highlights of the role.

Expressions of interest may be submitted from now until midday on Friday 22 February and familiarisation visits will be offered on mutually convenient dates up to Thursday 28 February 2019. The closing date for applications to be a Supreme Court Justice is midday on Friday 1 March.

Sessions will be arranged on a confidential, individual (one to one) basis. The session can be tailored to meet the applicant's needs: either one of the elements outlined above may be omitted, if the applicant would so prefer.

Expressions of interest in attending such a session are invited from anyone who meets the minimum statutory criteria to be a Justice of the Supreme Court and who is contemplating seeking such an appointment in the 2019 round of appointments. Expressions of interest are sought from the widest range of candidates eligible to apply, including those who are not currently full-time judges, and particularly those who will increase the diversity of the Court.

To enquire further, please email grainne.hawkins@supremecourt.uk. It would be particularly helpful if applicants could indicate which elements of the session they would particularly value, to help us to plan accordingly.

The availability of these visits is not guaranteed; and the Supreme Court reserves the right to screen applicants where there is uncertainty over whether they meet the minimum statutory requirements for Supreme Court judicial appointments. In the event of very high demand for these sessions, the Supreme Court also reserves the right to prioritise visits.