District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) x 1

District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) x 1 

NIJAC is now inviting applications for the office of District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts).

It is intended to make one appointment and to maintain a reserve list for 12 months from the anticipated date of first appointment, the 31 of October 2024.

The role of a District Judge in the Magistrates’ Courts covers a broad spectrum of criminal and family work. 


To be eligible for appointment applicants need to have at least seven years' standing as either a Barrister called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, or Solicitor of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland.

The Applicant Information Booklet contains details about the recruitment scheme and the Person Specification which sets out the necessary skills, attributes, behaviours, and aspects of effectiveness against which applicants will be assessed. To view the Applicant Information Booklet and other documents including the Job Description, Terms and Conditions of Appointment, a Nature of the Role document and a Judicial Bio from existing District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) McSorely visit NIJAC’s website. 

Salary: £126,514 per annum. This post is pensionable.

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 13 May 2024

For further information and to apply 

Additional Resources

There are a number of guides and videos which will help you understand the application process and how to maximise your own application.

Watch a YouTube video with Presiding District Judge (Magistrates Courts) Keown giving more information regarding this scheme.

Read the Nature of the Role document for further insight into the role of District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts).

Read the Judicial Bio of District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) McSorley

Watch a YouTube video Introducing the Judicial Profile and Person Specification

Watch a YouTube video How to prepare for Assessment and Selection

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