Senior Circuit Judge, Central Criminal Court
Location: Successful candidates will sit predominantly at the Central Criminal Court in London (commonly known as the Old Bailey) and may be required to sit for up to 60 days a year at other Crown Courts in London or elsewhere on the South-Eastern Circuit. A Circuit Judge must live within reasonable travelling distance of the courts at which he or she will sit. No application for a transfer may be made until a judge has served 5 years in the circuit to which they are appointed.
The Judges appointed to the Central Criminal Court (CCC) sit exclusively in criminal cases. The Court currently receives all Class 1 cases in London, as well as a mix of other serious work, and also takes shorter cases from other London Crown Courts on an ad hoc basis.
Senior Circuit Judges in Pay Band 5 carry out the full duties of a Circuit Judge in Pay Band 6.1, which includes preparing for trial and case management, presiding over court proceedings, sentencing and hearing appeals from the Magistrates’ courts. Additionally, the CCC receives a large number of requests from judges and lawyers in other jurisdictions, community groups, schools, universities and criminal justice agencies to engage with them about the work of the court and/or to host visits. The extent to which judges engage in activities beyond their daily court work is one of the strengths of the CCC. It is expected that new appointees will contribute to these activities.
It is required that the successful candidates must already be authorised or have the experience to be authorised to hear Class 1 cases immediately on appointment. The only cases requiring specialist tickets at present are murder, attempted murder and serious sexual cases. It is also expected that, unless already authorised, the successful candidates have the necessary experience and ability to be granted such tickets.
Message from HHJ Anuja Dhir, Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court and Judicial Appointments Commissioner:
“It is a unique privilege to sit as an Old Bailey judge. We try the most serious criminal cases, generally homicide, terrorism, or cases which are high profile. Added to this is the companionship of my judicial colleagues, who are a special source of help when assistance is needed. I also particularly cherish the special links which the Old Bailey judges have with the City of London and the many and varied outreach events and related activities we are able to take part in through this unique and historical connection.”
Hear from Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro KC about the role of being a Senior Circuit Judge:
“The role of Senior Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey is unique. It is the perfect role for a criminal judge provided they are committed to more than the ‘day job’.
Written rulings, directions and sentencing remarks are compulsory. Case management and maintaining momentum – as well as jury management – are vital skills.
The role also affords the opportunity to work with numerous educational establishments and charities in a bid to reduce homicide in Greater London.”