In addition to an intensive workshop on the process itself, the programme will give participants the opportunity to shadow a judge in the High Court and to speak to him or her about the nature of the work. This is linked to a rolling programme of support being offered to people seeking judicial office or wanting to progress within the judiciary.
Applicants will be invited to submit a CV and complete a personal statement of no more than 500 words stating why they are considering applying to the High Court, how they believe their skills and experience would equip them for appointment and what they would hope to gain from the programme. They will also be asked to give a signed undertaking that they are seriously considering applying for appointment to the High Court in the next selection exercise. The programme is intended to help candidates make a stronger application to that exercise; but once they have completed the programme, they will have to compete on merit with the other applicants for High Court appointment.
Applications for the support programme will be open from the end of August, successful candidates will be notified in mid September and the workshop will be held in November. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to be notified when the process opens.Judicial diversity figures for 2016 can be found here. The first progress report of the Judicial Diversity Committee of the Judges’ Council is available to download here.