The Selection Process

The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointment Commission’s (NIJAC’s) selection processes are designed to enable NIJAC to select persons for judicial office on the basis of merit, having considered their eligibility, suitability and integrity.

Once an applicant has submitted their application the process of selection has five distinct phases, those being:


Once application forms are submitted they will be checked to ensure applicants meet the statutory eligibility criteria.

Further information on eligibility criteria.


Further information on the Shortlisting methods used..

Final Assessment

Further information on the Final Assessment.

Pre-Appointment Checks

The most meritorious applicant(s) identified are subject to a series of pre-appointment checks which concern their character and qualification for the role. Checks are conducted with e.g. the Professional body, Enforcement of Judgments Office, HM Revenue and Customs and others as deemed appropriate.

No applicant will be recommended for appointment, or appointed until they have completed the pre-appointment checks to NIJAC’s satisfaction.


Once the pre-appointment checks are completed the Selection Committee will submit a recommendation report to the appropriate authority. For NIJAC appointments this is NIJAC’s Plenary and for Crown Appointments this is the Crown Office.

After the appointment has been approved a swearing-in ceremony will be arranged.