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 role

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
  • divorces
  • child proceedings
  • domestic violence injunctions
  • insolvency proceedings

Find out more about the vacancy

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

  1. exercising good judgement
  2. possessing and building knowledge of the law
  3. assimilating information
  4. communicating effectively
  5. managing work efficiently

Start considering examples that you could use as evidence in each area.

Guidance and support

JAC guidance on the judicial selection process

Case studies 

District Judge Chloë Philips

District Judge Michael Walker CBE

Judge Tan Ikram (magistrates’ court)

Resources for members of the Solicitors Judges Division

Preparing for judicial interviews: competency-based examples

Webinar: Next steps for solicitor judges – email to request a recording, created in collaboration with the Judicial Office and Judicial Appointments Commission.

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