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Apply to become a district judge – 2021 vacancies
Applications are open for the role of district judge. The closing date is Monday 25 October 2021. We encourage sitting solicitor judges to apply.
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is recruiting for 100 district judges across England and Wales, with most vacancies on the South Eastern Circuit.
The work of a district judges involves a wide spectrum of civil and family law cases, such as:
- claims for damages and injunctions
- possession proceedings against mortgage borrowers and property tenants
- child proceedings
- domestic violence injunctions
- insolvency proceedings
Who can apply
Candidates must have at least 15 days' experience sitting as a judge. (This could be as a salaried or fee-paid judge, or in a similar, quasi-judicial role.)
You’ll be provided with the training you require if your application is successful.
Before you apply
Before you apply, read the competency framework for the role and the job description on the JAC website.
During the process, you'll also need to demonstrate your competencies in five areas:
- exercising good judgement
- possessing and building knowledge of the law
- assimilating information
- communicating effectively
- managing work efficiently
Start considering examples that you could use as evidence in each area.
Guidance and support
Resources for members of the Solicitors Judges Division
Webinar: Next steps for solicitor judges – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a recording, created in collaboration with the Judicial Office and Judicial Appointments Commission.