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Deputy District Judge application seminar


The Judicial Diversity Committee is holding an online seminar via Microsoft Teams for lawyers or other fee-paid judges interested in applying for Deputy District Judge appointment on Wednesday 16 June 4.30pm to 6pm. The seminar aims to help lawyers be better prepared to make an application and to receive up to date guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process.  You will hear from serving District Judges and a representative from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

Who should attend?

All lawyers and judicial office holders interested in applying for a DDJ role can attend. Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented groups.

To reserve a place, please email by Friday 4 June to:

Please note that places will be on a first come first served basis.

The JAC are expected to launch a recruitment exercise for Deputy District Judges in July.

Deputy district judges are appointed by the Lord Chancellor after a fair and open competition administered by the Judicial Appointments Commission, and the statutory qualification is the same as that for appointment as a district judge – a minimum of five years’ right of audience in any part of the Supreme Court, or all proceedings in county courts or magistrates’ courts.

Deputy district judges sit on a fee-paid basis in the county courts and district registries of the High Court. As a DDJ you will usually be required to make yourself available for 30 sitting days a year. This figure may vary in accordance with business needs and change from time to time. In general, their jurisdiction is the same as that of a district judge.

For more information on a DDJ role please go to District judge | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (opens in a new tab)

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