Is a judicial role for me? Am I ready?

This part of the tool should provide you with an insight into the role of a judge, as well as an indication of your readiness to apply– it will not guarantee success in a JAC selection exercise, and is not designed as a psychometric tool to measure your prospects for success. Please answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability, so that the result provided to you is more meaningful. This tool is completely confidential and can be re-taken as many times as you wish. It should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. You will need to answer all of the questions to receive a complete response.

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* 1. At the start of the hearing you notice that one of the representatives is someone with whom you had a casual friendship ten years ago. What do you do?

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* 2. You are hearing a case involving a litigant in person. After explaining the proceedings to the parties, you suspect that the litigant in person does not understand the terminology used. What do you do?

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* 3. A party appears before you and doesn’t seem to show any interest in the proceedings; not responding appropriately to questions and gazing around the room- yet the evidence points in his favour. What do you do?

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* 4. During a hearing you observe that one of the parties does not speak English fluently, and you are having difficulty understanding what she is saying. What do you do?

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* 5. You are sitting with a list of 10 cases to hear that day. What would you do if a party (who had been served with adequate notice of the hearing) arrived significantly late, but while his hearing was still in progress?

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* 6. During the hearing you have noticed that one of the parties’ representatives has been repeatedly disruptive, taking calls on his phone and acting discourteously to others at the hearing. What do you do?

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* 7. In a Personal Independence Payments appeal case, you are faced with an appellant who has suffered significant hardship, having lost her family in tragic circumstances in the last year. In her statement to the tribunal she has indicated that she may lose her home if the tribunal does not decide in her favour today. The tribunal rules state that you should not take these factors into account in coming to your decision. Based on the facts it is likely that she would not be eligible for the highest level of benefit award that she has claimed, and in fact may not be eligible for any benefit at all. What do you do?

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* 8. How would you ensure that all others in the hearing (including unrepresented parties) understand technical legal matters that come easily to you?

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* 9. In a hearing, one of the parties starts to give his evidence and explains vociferously and at length how he feels he has been mistreated by the justice system. His tirade continues and as time passes you consider the best way to deal with this. What do you do?

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* 10. What would you do if one of your judgments was publicly challenged or heavily criticised?

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* 11. During the course of a tribunal hearing, you reach the point when you have arrived at your decision and are considering your next steps. Based on the behaviour of the unrepresented appellant during the hearing you are concerned that he may react badly to your decision and that this may threaten the personal safety of you and the other tribunal members. There are no security personnel on the premises. What do you do?

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* 12. The applicant enters the hearing room wearing dark sunglasses and makes no effort to remove them. You are concerned that it may affect your ability to assess his credibility. What do you do?

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* 13. Rules provide that documents for the hearing must be served seven days in advance. The applicant says, and you accept, that the respondent’s bundle of 405 pages was served that morning when the case was listed. The applicant has not seen the documents in advance and neither has the court. It is obvious that the applicant’s case does not have any chance of success. What do you do?

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