Supreme Court Appointments

Insight visits for prospective judicial candidates

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

As with the 2017 competition, the Supreme Court will be hosting Insight Visits for those considering applying for appointment as a Justice in the 2018 competition announced on 14 December 2017.

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 5.00 pm on Friday 12 January 2018 and Insight Visits will be offered on mutually convenient dates up to Thursday 18 January 2018. The closing date for applications to be a Supreme Court Justice to be received is noon on Friday 26 January.

Lady Hale, the President, will be chairing the Selection Commission, so she will not be able to participate in the Insight Visits, but a range of other Justices will be available, subject to their diary commitments.

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 2018 round of appointments. Given the current composition of the Supreme Court, we would be particularly keen to arrange such visits for potential candidates from groups currently under - represented in the senior judiciary.

To enquire further, please email angela.chandler@supremecourt.uk or to have an informal discussion in advance of making an expression of interest, please call William Arnold, Director of Corporate Services, on 020 7960 1987. 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.