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A day in the life of a judicial assistant — as seen through the Supreme Court’s Instagram story

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Fancy working with the UK’s top judges?

Demonstrating once again that it’s no stick-in-the-mud when it comes to social media, the UK’s highest court has produced a handy overview of what its judicial assistants get up to during a “typical day” using Instagram’s popular story feature.

Posting from its official Instagram account yesterday afternoon, the Supreme Court offered an insight into the typical working day of Tom Wood, a former judicial assistant to Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge.

In one throwback shot, Wood can be seen chatting with a very relaxed looking Wilson about an upcoming case. Briefing over, Wood, now a barrister at London’s Brick Court Chambers, makes his way to a hearing in courtroom one.

Lunch offers an opportunity for Wood to catch up with the court’s other judicial assistants, who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.

Refuelled, the Oxford University music grad undertakes some legal research in the court’s stunning library, before a further case meeting, this time with Lord Hodge.

The Supreme Court’s Insta story comes ahead of tonight’s deadline for applications to the judicial assistant scheme.

Those wishing to be considered for one of the eleven temporary roles, which come with a salary of £36,266 per annum, must be qualified to practise law in a UK jurisdiction and “demonstrate a high intellectual and analytical ability, incisiveness and work well under pressure”. Applications close at midnight tonight.

21 Comments

Anonymous

36k and you already have to be qualified…?!

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Anonymous

It’s a spring board job. Easily go from here to somewhere paying double or treble the salary.

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Anonymous

This salary compares pretty favourably to what public sector NQs get paid.

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Yank Spank

It is probably the most prestigious thing a young litigation solicitor or barrister could do. Look across the pond, Supreme Court clerks sacrifice salaries for a year and then get a signing on bonus at firms of $500k. We may not be there right now, but we are moving towards that position. Supreme Court clerkships are still quite new here, Court of Appeal Judicial Assistants are now a thing, and it even goes down to the High Court. So we can see we are moving toward the US in this regard.

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Anonymous

FALSE: Robert Rinder is the UK’s top judge.

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DDJ BIRKENHEAD PRIME

I’d like to whether these ‘top judges’ could dispose of 40-plus stage 3s in a morning.

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Anonymous

Berko?

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Anonymous

Clifford chance advises DWF on its offering loooool.

The other day I read Roll on Friday say DWF would acquire Clifford Chance with the the proceeds loooool

Double

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Anonymous

loooool

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Anonymous

Laugh out out out out out loud?

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Anonymous

Original poster has shanter

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Anonymous

You have diarrhoea medication to take?

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Not White

All the assistants are White?

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Anonymous

How dare you look and state fact

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Anonymous

Walter or Barry?

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Anonymous

Sexist!

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Brown Person

Why do comments which do not mention any person or organisation keep disappearing? They are not libellous. Why censor personal opinions?

It is disconcerting to some ethnic minorities to think of applying for a job or training position whereby they may be one of the only ethinic minorities in the building who isn’t the cleaner or security staff. It can feel like a massive waste of time.

When facts surrounding diversity are brought up, we are repeatedly stonewalled, laughed off or can have the argument manipulated to personally attack us.

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Anonymous

What would a day being judge hobosexual’s assistant look like?

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Anonymous

Yeah, but what do the judicial assistants actually do?

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Anonymous

Do the judges job for them.
Judges are too senile

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Anonymous

No.

They are a useful bag carrier, note taker and research assistant.

It’s a learning experience.

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