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The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is recruiting a Judge Advocate General

Jo Fitton-Bates
By Jo Fitton-Bates
November 14, 2019
Judicial Appointments commission

The JAC has been asked to identify 1 candidate suitable for selection as Judge Advocate General. This exercise is expected to launch on 19 November 2019.

he Judge Advocate General has a range of important functions and responsibilities which are discharged either directly, through the Vice Judge Advocate General, Deputy Judge Advocate General or Assistant Judge Advocate Generals, or by the staff of the Judicial Office. These responsibilities fall into three broad areas:

  • Sitting in the Service Courts. The Judge Advocate General is expected to sit on important cases conducting some of the most serious, sensitive or controversial trials and cases involving complex legal issues. The Judge Advocate General specifies judge advocates to each trial.
  • Leadership. The Judge Advocate General is the leadership judge in the Service Courts – issuing directions on practice, procedure and sentencing guidelines; leading on developing the capability of the Service judiciary, ensuring appropriate arrangements for their welfare, training and guidance; and representing the views of the independent judiciary to the Government on Service Justice Board (SJS) operational and policy issues.
  • Governance. Advising the SJS; chairing the Service Courts Rules Committee; monitoring the workings of the Court Martial to advise on efficiency and effectiveness; giving evidence to Parliamentary committees; and maintaining records.

Whilst some military background or previous experience of the Service Justice System as a judge advocate or legal practitioner is desirable, it is not essential.

The successful applicant will also be appointed as a Circuit Judge, if they do not already hold this post. The terms and conditions of the Judge Adovate General will apply for this appointment.

Further information and details on how to apply are on the Judicial Appointments Commission website


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