Court of Appeal vacancy

6 April 2022

The Lord Chancellor has asked the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to convene a selection panel to recommend a candidate to fill a vacancy in the Court of Appeal.

The exercise launches 26 April 2022 and anyone interested in making an application should contact the JAC’s Head of Senior Appointments, Lisa Grant, for further information on the eligibility and selection criteria as well as the documentation required to make an application. The exercise closes for applications on 10 May 2022.

Applications are particularly welcome from those with expertise in tax.

Candidates are expected to be of outstanding ability and, save in exceptional circumstances, have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience. The meaning of “directly relevant experience” is sitting as a judge in a higher court, with substantial experience of hearing complex and demanding cases. Candidates are required to submit judgments as part of their application.

Court of Appeal 2022 Selection Criteria:

  • Being an outstanding lawyer.
  • The ability to deliver excellent ex tempore and written judgments expeditiously.
  • An understanding of the diverse communities using the Court of Appeal.
  • Understanding of the impact of law on society.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of comity between the branches of Government.
  • The ability to contribute to the esteem in which our jurisdiction is held.
  • The ability to shape and develop the law.
  • The ability to work efficiently and effectively in and out of court.
  • The ability to work well with colleagues, officials, court users and staff.
  • Leadership skills.

If you are interested in making an application and you think you have the requisite evidence to do so, please send an email to in order to request an information pack.

All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.