00958: Common Serjeant

Number of vacancies: One
Salary: £152,847
Location: London, Central Criminal Court
Closing date: noon 24 November 2014

The post will be available from January 2015.

The role
The Common Serjeant of London is the second most senior permanent judge of the Central Criminal Court after the Recorder of London, acting as deputy to that office, and sitting as a judge in the trial of criminal offences. The Common Serjeant also acts as judge at the Mayor’s Court and legal adviser and counsel to the City of London Corporation, and performs certain functions at the election of city officers.

The person
Under statute you are eligible to apply if you are a solicitor or barrister with seven years’ post qualification experience (PQE), Recorder, or have held a full-time judicial appointment for at least three years in one of the offices listed in Part IA of Schedule 2 of the Courts Act 1971.

You should be aware that the Lord Chancellor expects candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience. For these posts the meaning of “directly relevant experience” is sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity for at least two years or 30 sitting days. Exceptions may be made for those who have demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way.

Candidates should also have knowledge and understanding of heavyweight criminal law, rules of evidence, court procedure and their underlying principles, and have significant leadership and management experience.

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