What happens next?

What happens once the Lord Chancellor has accepted the JAC recommendations?

We will write to you letting you know whether you have been successful. if you have we will explain that you will be contacted by the Ministry of Justice.


Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice Judicial Appointments and HR Division will send you your letter of appointment. 

Some vacancies are not immediate and you may have to wait a while before being sent your appointment letter. This is because under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the JAC can be asked by the Ministry of Justice to run two types of exercises: those held under section 87 for specific vacancies, and those held under section 94, under which the Lord Chancellor requests the JAC to draw up a list of people who are potentially selectable for vacancies for a specific type of appointment which may, or may not, arise later. This latter type of exercise has been regarded as convenient in circumstances where the number of vacancies required in a particular selection exercise is difficult to predict. It has, however, unfortunate consequences for many of the people on the list. Even after they succeed in the JAC selection exercise, they have no guarantee of when or if they will in fact be appointed by the Lord Chancellor. This state of uncertainty may last for a year or more until the JAC is asked to run a new selection exercise. This can mean you may have to wait up to a year or more for your appointment to be confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice will do everything possible to ensure that the process happens as swiftly as possible. Successful applications should, however, be aware that some time may elapse between the conclusion of the JAC run selection exercise and the Ministry of Justice being able to offer a judicial role.