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Recruitment begins for new Supreme Court Justice

Recruitment begins for new Supreme Court Justices

28 April 2023

The process to appoint a new Justice to sit in the UK Supreme Court begins today, Friday 28 April 2023.

As a result of the retirement of Lord Kitchin, applications are being sought for the appointment of a new Justice, to take effect later this year

A page on the Supreme Court website (Judicial Vacancy 2023) has been created to explain the role, detail the application process and how to apply. It also has interviews with existing Justices about what to expect in the role.

The UK Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council hear a wide range of very complex and high-profile legal cases, which can have a considerable impact across the United Kingdom and beyond.

The Court needs people of truly exceptional intellectual and legal ability, with sound judgment and decisiveness. The selection commission is looking for candidates who can show an ability to contribute to the collegiate decision-making of the Court, a sensitivity to the needs of different communities and groups and an ability and willingness to engage in the wider representational and leadership role of a Justice. The Supreme Court is required by statute to have judges with a knowledge of, and experience of practice in, the law of each part of the United Kingdom.

The UK Supreme Court's commitment to diversity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values. We recognise that diversity brings richness to the judiciary and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We support partâ€"time and flexible working, subject to the needs of the Court.

Lord Reed, President of the Supreme Court said:

"Today, a Commission for the selection of a Justice of the Supreme Court is beginning the selection process.

"The cases dealt with by the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council involve complex points of law of general public importance.

"Candidates require a deep level of legal knowledge and understanding, combined with high intellectual capacity and an understanding of the social context in which these issues arise and of the communities in which the law is there to serve.

"They will need to demonstrate exceptional legal ability, maturity of judgment, an ability to work within a system of collegiate decision-making, an understanding of the constitutional context in which the Court operates, and a willingness to engage in wider outreach activities.

"Eligible candidates from any part of the United Kingdom can apply. The Selection Committee is hoping for a wide range of applications. The Supreme Court is committed to diversity and inclusion, and the Selection Committee welcomes applicants from all backgrounds."

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 22 May 2023.

Notes to editors

The full process for appointing a Supreme Court Justice can be found here: Appointments of Justices - The Supreme Court