High Court Judge

17 December 2021 - 9.00 am

High Court Judge 2021

NIJAC is seeking to appoint one High Court Judge and to maintain a reserve list for 12 months from the anticipated date of first appointment (23 May 2022).

The office of High Court Judge is one of the most important and senior of judicial roles. A High Court Judge will preside not only over cases which arise in the criminal and civil justice systems, but make decisions which will affect society across many other areas such as human rights, judicial review, family law, mental health and immigration.

We seek applications from outstanding individuals who can demonstrate significant relevant experience, who have recognised expertise in their respective field of law, and who can meet the challenges of this role.


To be eligible for appointment as a High Court Judge a person must, by the anticipated date of appointment (23 May 2022), be either:


•  A member of the Bar of Northern Ireland of at least ten years’ standing; or

•  A solicitor of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland of at least ten years’ standing.


Salary: £192,679 per annum. This post is pensionable.

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 17 January 2022


For further information and to apply online please click here


Additional Resources

Watch a YouTube video with Lady Chief Justice, The Right Honourable Dame Siobhan Keegan giving more information regarding this scheme.


Visit our Nature of the Role page to access a PDF giving further insight into the role of High Court Judge.


Watch a YouTube video with Mr Justice McFarland sharing his journey to the High Court.


Take a look at the Judicial Profiles section of our website where there is an opportunity to read three different accounts about the day to day realities of being a High Court Judge.


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