Additional Selection Criteria
The Lord Chancellor might place additional requirements for candidates to meet on each exercise such as previous judicial experience, specific knowledge of a particular area of law or membership of a particular organisation. Additional Selection Criteria will be detailed in the information page for each exercise.
Candidates must be either a UK citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland at the time of application. Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.
Reasonable length of service
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age. For selection exercises commencing from 8 March 2021, we will consider applications from candidates who can offer a reasonable length of service before reaching the age of 75 following recommendation. The current Mandatory Retirement Age (MRA) of 70 will continue to apply until the change to raise the MRA to 75 is implemented through legislation; and therefore until that point all candidates will still need to be under 70 in order to be recommended for appointment.
The age at which someone is appointed should allow for a reasonable length of service, which is usually between 3 and 5 years before retirement.
In applying for any exercise, you should consider whether you can provide the full years’ service before retirement. The JAC Selection and Character Committee will decide whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service. In doing this they will take into account the number of vacancies, application numbers and the business need for the role.
Candidates who already hold judicial appointment and were first appointed before March 1995, may have a preserved retirement age of 72 or 75. This includes candidates first appointed to a judicial office listed in Schedule 7 to the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993. Such candidates should inform the JAC about their retirement age.