Forthcoming Opportunities

NIJAC is anticipating the following opportunities will be advertised in 2022/23. Further information can be found by clicking on the judicial office:

All NIJAC schemes automatically maintain a reserve list for 12 months, from the anticipated date of first appointment, to accommodate any unforeseen vacancies.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Deputy County Court Judge x11

Anticipated Launch: December 2022

Deputy County Court Judge x11

The main activities of a Deputy County Court Judge are preparing for trial and hearing actions, presiding over court proceedings as well as exercising judgement and decision making.

The Deputy County Court Judge will hear appeals from the Magistrates’ Courts, the Youth Court (with lay magistrates sitting as assessors), certain aspects of the jurisdiction of the District Judges’ civil bill and small claims courts and statutory appeals, and other work, for example:

  • Hearing bail applications;
  • Determining ex parte applications, including for production orders, injunctions or extension of detention: and
  • Chairing a Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board panel.

Their jurisdiction will also cover cases in Family Care Centres which deal with grave, important or complex cases transferred from the Family Proceedings Court or from a court of summary jurisdiction.

The majority of work carried out by a Deputy County Court Judge in Northern Ireland is carried out in open courts throughout Northern Ireland.  They sit alone (except when dealing with appeals from the Youth Court) and are the sole tribunals of fact and law in any cases they hear.

For further information please visit: The Royal Courts of Justice | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Deputy Statutory Officer X8

Anticipated Launch: January 2023

Deputy Statutory Officer

A Deputy Statutory Officer may be required to cover the work of the full-time judiciary in both of the following areas:

  1. District Judge
  2. Master of the High Court

A Deputy Statutory Officer is expected to be flexible in order to provide cover in the wide range of work of both the District Judges and Masters .

For further information please visit: The Royal Courts of Justice | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

NIVT Ordinary Member x3

Anticipated Launch: January 2023

NIVT Ordinary Member

The Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal (NIVT) is an independent judicial body that hears and determines appeals including appeals against capital values for property in Northern Ireland upon which domestic rates bills are based. NIVT also hears appeals relating to rates allowances for premises adapted for persons with a disability and lone pensioner rate relief and claims for rates relief under the Rate Relief Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017.

The Ordinary Member is required to assist in the conduct of NIVT hearings including by providing an independent and informed view during the hearing and in the subsequent decision-making process.

The main activities of an Ordinary Member are to:         

  • Become familiar with case papers, which will include the appellant’s and respondent’s documentary evidence and submissions
  • Participate in any pre-hearing discussions with other NIVT panel members
  • Determine appeals in such a way as to avoid any form of discrimination in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
  • Participate fully in the NIVT decision-making process and in giving clear and concise reasons for any decisions
  • Maintain the authority and dignity of the NIVT
  • Help promote in each case the most expeditious dispatch of NIVT business compatible with the interests of justice
  • Participate in hearings in such a manner that all parties are able to have their respective cases presented and considered as fully and fairly as possible;

For further information please visit: Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

CICAP Lay Adjudicators x2

Anticipated Launch: April / May 2023

CICAP Lay Adjudicator

CICAP was established under the provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order 2002. Its purpose is to support the victims of violent crime by determining promptly, impartially, fairly and independently, appeals against review decisions made by Compensation Services, Northern Ireland in accordance with the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme(s) of 2002 and 2009, and by virtue of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

A lay adjudicator will sit on a panel consisting of three people – a legally qualified Chairman, a medical member and a lay member. The purpose is to support the victims of violent crime by determining promptly, impartially, fairly and independently appeals against review decisions made by the Northern Ireland Compensation Services in accordance with the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme(s) (2002 & 2009) and by virtue of Article 6 of ECHR.

For further information please visit: Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Northern Ireland | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

ITFET Employment Judge (Fee Paid) x7

Anticipated Launch: September 2023

ITFET Employment Judge x7

The Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (ITFET), hear employment disputes and resolve employment matters. Industrial Tribunals are independent judicial bodies in Northern Ireland that hear and determine claims to do with employment matters.  These include a range of claims relating to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wages and other payments as well as discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, part time working and equal pay. The Fair Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body in Northern Ireland that hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion.

An Employment Judge’s duties are wide-ranging but overall the core duties are to conduct hearings and write judgments. For instance, during a final hearing you will be managing the hearing, listening to the evidence and reaching a decision with your panel members. Alternatively you may be dealing with preliminary hearings which broadly fall into two categories:

- The first category are conducted like a final hearing but usually by a Judge sitting alone. The purpose of these hearings to address preliminary matters/applications relating to the proceedings which often impinge on the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

- The second category are automatically listed after a claim and response form are received. The purpose of this type of preliminary hearing is to ensure that a case is properly prepared for hearing.

Other tasks include issuing judgements and giving directions which do not require a hearing, giving judicial directions to administrative staff on practice and procedure in respect of tribunals and in relation to the progress of a claim.

For further information please visit: Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Northern Ireland (employmenttribunalsni.co.uk)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

We also suggest you consider the Judicial Shadowing Scheme as a means of researching the legal, medical and valuer offices. Visit the Judicial Shadowing Scheme page of our website for more information.

Register for E-news to keep informed about all forthcoming Judicial vacancies.