High Court Support Programme 2017 for under-represented groups

The Judicial Diversity Committee is today launching a support programme for those interested in applying to the High Court Judge selection exercise which the Judicial Appointments Commission hopes to launch in November 2017.   This follows the earlier announcement on 23 May.

Thirty places are being made available on the programme.  It is open to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for High Court appointment.

As this is a diversity initiative, places are being limited to candidates from areas where we know the judiciary is significantly less representative of society – women, BAME candidates and those from a less advantaged background. To attract more solicitors and legal academics to the senior judiciary, we are extending the eligibility of this year’s programme to those without litigation experience.

In addition to an intensive one day workshop on the process itself, the programme will give participants the opportunity to shadow a judge in the High Court and to speak to them about the nature of the work.  This is linked to a rolling programme of support being offered to people seeking judicial office or wanting to progress within the judiciary.

Candidates wishing to apply to join the programme should complete the online application form. Please note that applicants will be required to provide a personal statement on their intellectual ability.

The programme is intended to help candidates make a stronger application to the High Court selection exercise; but once they have completed the programme, they will have to compete on merit with the other applicants for High Court appointment.

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 28 June 2017 and candidates will be notified within two weeks thereafter. The workshops will be held on Saturday 7 October.

Please note that there will be a separate programme, with the same eligibility criteria, for those who are interested in applying for the next s9(4) selection exercise. The programme is expected to launch in September 2017 and the JAC exercise in early 2018.

If you have any queries please contact diversity@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk.

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