New judicial assistants start their placements with High Court judges

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The first judicial assistants (JAs) under a new scheme for the High Court have started their placements.

Earlier this month, they started working to support the judges hearing cases across the Chancery, Family and Queen’s Bench Division.

The recruitment campaign for the JAs, which was launched earlier this year, attracted more than 160 applications including a high calibre of candidates from recently-qualified solicitors and barristers across a range of different practice areas.

The 36 successful applicants will each work for a period of three months during the legal year, with start dates in October 2019, January and April 2020.

They are each assigned to a lead judge in the Queen’s Bench (including the Commercial and Administrative Courts), Chancery or Family Divisions, depending on their particular area of interest. There are opportunities for them to move between different parts of the High Court and work with judges in other Divisions.

While there have been informal arrangements for JAs in parts of the Business and Property Courts previously, this new scheme sees JAs working in the Family Division, Administrative Court, Technology and Construction Court and in general civil work for the first time.

We are particularly pleased with the level of interest shown by applicants in these additional areas, and hope to build on that in the future.

JAs get a unique insight into High Court litigation and an opportunity to support the work of the judges who hear those cases. We are delighted at the level of interest in this new scheme, and grateful to those who publicised it and all those who applied.

The next recruitment round, for placements during the 2020/21 legal year starting in October 2020, will launch in April 2020.

President of the Queen’s Bench Division
Chancellor of the High Court
President of the Family Division

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