High Court’s new judicial assistant scheme

Junior members may be interested in the new judicial assistant scheme being launched by the High Court.

Designed to build on the success of the existing separate arrangements for the provision of JAs for judges in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division in the Business and Property Courts, the new scheme will be further extended to all three Divisions of the High Court.

The application process will open in April 2019 and close on 1 July 2019 for placements lasting between three and five months during the legal year October 2019–July 2020.

The role of judicial assistant offers those in the early years of their professional practice a ringside view of the trial process and first instance decision-making from the perspective of the judge, for the most complex, high value and often high profile civil and family cases. JAs provide assistance to the judges to whom they are assigned in the preparation and management of the cases before them, typically in carrying out legal research; reading, marking up and summarising case documents and transcripts; and providing general support for the judges in the organisation of their work and hearings.

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