Deputy Judge Advocate General Pre-Application Seminar 2024

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The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) will be launching a selection exercise on 30 April 2024 to recruit two Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate Generals.

The seminar

For those interested in applying for a role, the Judicial Office is organising a pre-application seminar that will take place online via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 17 April (5-6pm).

The seminar aims to help applicants be better prepared to make an application and to receive up-to-date guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process. As well as a JAC representative, you will also hear from the Judge Advocate General, Judge Alan Large, and Assistant Judge Advocate General, Judge Andrew Smith, to explain the role.

Who should attend?

Judicial office holders and lawyers who have five years’ legal post qualification experience.

Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented groups (women, ethnic minority candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, disabled candidates, solicitors). For information on eligibility, please visit the selection exercise information page (external link).

Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate Generals are appointed by the Lord Chancellor after a fair and open competition administered by the JAC. Training is provided for all appointed members.

What is a Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General?

Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate Generals sit as the judge advocate, predominantly in the Military Court Centres at Bulford (Wiltshire) and Catterick (North Yorkshire).

They sit in the Court Martial for the majority of their time but also in the Summary Appeal Court and Service Civilian Court. The Court Martial has global jurisdiction over all service personnel and civilians subject to service discipline and hears all types of criminal case including murder and serious sexual offences.

All Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate Generals will, when appropriate, attend the Judicial College Course on Serious Sexual Offences and may be ticketed to hear such cases.

For information on what the Judge Advocate General does, visit the JAG webpage.

For information on the legal system which underlies the discipline of the British Armed Forces, see the Military webpage.

To sign up for the recruitment campaign alerts, visit the Judicial Appointments Commission website (external link).

For any queries regarding the recruitment campaign/selection exercise, contact the JAC selection exercise team:

For any queries regarding the pre-application seminar, email:

Please note that although the Judicial Office will be running the pre-application seminar, the actual recruitment campaign is being done and led by the Judicial Appointments Commission

If you would like to register for the seminar, visit the Judicial Careers Portal.