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Fancy being the next Lord Sumption? You can now apply to be a Supreme Court justice

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£200,000+ salary up for grabs

Close that training contract application you were working on — the most important application you can make this Christmas break is to the Supreme Court bench.

Three justices will be stepping down from the country’s most prestigious bench next year — deputy president Lord Mance, Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption — leaving behind vacancies commanding salaries in excess of £200,000 each. The selection commission will be looking for a new deputy president and two new justices, or possibly three if the deputy president role is filled internally. The successful candidates will be expected to take up their roles between June 2018 (when Mance retires) and January 2019 (one month after Sumption retires).

The three justices retiring next year: Lord Mance, Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption

Fancy it? The court — which has released an online Christmas card this year that we absolutely love — has given an indication of what kind of candidate it’s after.

A screenshot of the Supreme Court’s Christmas card

That is someone with a “deep level of legal knowledge and understanding”, plus a “high intellectual capacity” and an understanding of the “communities which the law is there to serve”. The court continues:

“The selection commission is looking for people who can demonstrate these qualities, and who can make a contribution to the collective wisdom of the court, as well as working efficiently and effectively both in and out of the court room.”

Experience-wise, you might assume all appointments are made from the Court of Appeal or at the very least from the judiciary. However, the statutory minimum qualification means a person satisfies eligibility conditions if they’ve qualified as a barrister or solicitor at least 15 years ago and have been gaining experience in law since. As Legal Cheek has pointed out in the past, this means the likes of Amal Clooney and journalist Joshua Rozenberg may, in theory, be able to serve.

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As we move through the process, ‘diversity’ is likely to be the word on everyone’s lips. Though the bench’s gender make-up has been given a recent boost with the appointment of Lady Black, the court’s second female justice, many will not rest until there is parity. At a recent Q&A on women in law, president Lady Hale said:

“We have three vacancies [coming up], it would be great if one could be filled with a woman, or even two or three.”

Indeed, the court has stressed it is after applications from “the widest range of eligible candidates”, particularly from those who will increase its diversity. The closing date is 26 January 2018.

Watch Lady Hale introduce the judicial vacancies in a YouTube video embedded below:

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26 Comments

Anonymous

SEASON’S GREETINGS?

SEASON’S GREETINGS?

WTF? WTF? WTF?

What’s wrong with “Happy Christmas”, from the highest court in the land?

Disgraceful.

Anonymous

Not inclusive to celebrate (what once was) a majority faith festival.

Anonymous

Let’s be clear: the war on Christmas is not a myth. It’s not fake news. It’s happening. It’s real.

They could have printed a card which said: “Happy Christmas”.

Anonymous

Christmas is a bit too Christian. This country is not Christian any longer. It is a no-faith country, so seasonal greetings should be the same.

We are not America. We do not need god to bless us.

Anonymous

This country now worships money.

Simple.

Anonymous

In England, the state church is the Church of England, and the Supreme Governor of the church is the British Monarch.

Bishops vote on legislation in the House of Lords.

But we are not a Christian country apparently, and Christmas is not a Christian celebration.

ALawyer

Agree and even if the argument could be made we are no longer a majority Christian country which is not the case, we certainly are not a no faith country. If we look at Census results for example we see a clear majority affiliate to a particular faith whether it be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh etc

Anonymous

Frustrated Writer: any chance of a Christmas posting on LC? – a Scrooge-themed piece would cheer up your readers before we break. Or perhaps a report of misbehavior at the LC Christmas party?

Jacob Marley (Dec’d)

Scroooooooooooooooooooge!

👻

Anonymous

“As we move through the process, ‘diversity’ is likely to be the word on everyone’s lips.”

No-one’s interested in your religion, Katie.

Anonymous

#culturalmarxism

#commonpurpose

Anonymous

Put down the training contract application, but need 15 years+ experience as a qualified lawyer..?

DAT DERE LC LOGIK

Anonymous

it’s. a. joke. *puts head in hands*

Anonymous

Bore off Katie

Jones Day Partner

HR: Its. a. joke. *puts trainee’s head in lap*

Anonymous

It’s a fucking shit joke.

Anonymous

A rubbish joke if so KK.

Anonymous

It’s the only judicial position in the UK where you still (literally) have the power of life and death (over poor sods on death row in the Caribbean).

Anonymous

Probably best to press the button and kill them. They must have done horrible things like murder, rape and pillage.

Lord Hoffman (Dec’d)

Kill’em all!!!!

Goddard LCJ (Dec’d)

I agree!

Now, where’s me spares?

Anonymous

I vote for Lord Hodge as the new deputy.

Ciaran Goggins

Keep arresting Britain First leaders and you won’t have any judges left. Open season?

Anonymous

I hope the three best candidates for the job are selected.

And that the said best candidates happen to be middle-aged, white men.

Because nothing’s funnier than watching rabied social justice warriors getting triggered by reality.

Anonymous

The retirement age must be too low at Supreme Court level. I can understand clearing the district and circuit benches of old duffers, but surely Lord Sumption has a few more years in him?

DICKSWINGING DAVIS POLK MALE

A SENIOR ASSOCIATE CAN MAKE £200K

HELL I MADE A TENTH OF THAT AS A BONUS THIS YEAR

LOOKS LIKE THE GRANDADS NEED TO LEARN NEW TRICKS

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