Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) - Employment Judge Applications

Publish date: 15/11/2021

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have opened applications for an Employment Judge.

At the JAC, our role is to attract and select diverse, high-calibre people of good character, solely on merit, for legal and non-legal judicial appointments. Applications have opened for Employment Judge, we want to encourage applications from as diverse a pool as possible.

Please refer to the JAC's Twitter and LinkedIn pages, where more information is provided.


If you are a solicitor, barrister or CILEx fellow with 5 years of experience since qualifying, have current or previous substantial experience of employment law and can provide 5 years of service before retirement then we would love to hear from you.

For candidates applying for a post in Wales, an understanding of legislation applicable to Wales and Welsh devolution arrangements is required.

About the role

Employment judges sit throughout England and Wales, and are assigned by the President to sit in a particular region. The Employment Tribunals determine disputes between employers and employees over employment rights.

No previous judicial experience is required. If you are an experienced employment law practitioner ready for a new challenge and thinking about the next step in your career then why not consider the role of Employment Judge?

Emma Burns was appointed as a salaried Employment Judge in 2019, read here what she has to say about her role.

About the application process

The selection process will be an online application where candidates are required to provide evidence of how their knowledge and experience transfers to the competencies required for the role. Shortlisting will be an online qualifying test and name-blind paper sifting. Candidates invited to selection day will undertake role play and a competency based interview. Further details on the role, eligibility criteria and the selection process, along with selection guidance can be found on our website.

There are 50 vacancies across England and Wales. Applications close on 16 November at 1 pm and all groups currently under-represented in the judiciary are encouraged to apply.

We know that this continues to be a very challenging time for many candidates, due to personal and/or professional pressures associated with Covid-19. We can offer flexibility and reasonable adjustments, encouraging candidates to get in contact with us directly if they require these.