Supreme Court takes to YouTube for recruitment ad

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Baroness Hale called applications from “people who can make a contribution to the collective wisdom of the court”

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A quarter of Supreme Court judges will be replaced in a recruitment campaign launched today on YouTube and in the press, with candidates from diverse backgrounds being encouraged to apply.

The UK’s highest court is seeking a deputy president and two other justices to fill vacancies on the 12-strong bench.

The advertisement for the posts, advertised today in The Times, says: “Applications are sought from serving justices and from the widest range of eligible candidates outside the court, particularly those who will increase the diversity of the court.”

Baroness Hale of Richmond, the court’s president, says on a YouTube video: “The selection commission is looking for people who can demonstrate those qualities, and who can make a contribution to the collective wisdom of the court, as well as working efficiently and effectively both in and out of the courtroom.”

Lord Mance, deputy president of the court, will retire in June 2018, followed by Lord Hughes of Ombersley in August and Lord Sumption in December. 

There are two women including Lady Hale on the bench, but there are no ethnic minority judges.

Potential candidates are being offered “insight visits”, during which they would sit in court and watch proceedings, as well as having a private meeting with a sitting justice. 

The competition is open to candidates from any part of the UK and with any professional background which meets the statutory criteria for appointment.

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