References from judges and arbitrators

  1. Four references will be taken in writing.
  2. Candidates will be required to list 12 judges in front of whom they have appeared substantively in cases of substance, complexity or particular difficulty or sensitivity over the last 2 years (including but not limited to High Court and above, Circuit Judges, deputy High Court Judges, Tribunal Chairs, Recorders and District Judges) and arbitrators (or umpire or chairman, as appropriate), or equivalents.
  3. The 2 year period will increase to 3 years where the number listed for 2 years will be less than 12.
  4. Candidates will be given the further option of identifying appearances outside that 2 (or 3) year period if the appearances were believed by the applicant to be material to the applicant’s suitability for the award.
  5. Candidates will be asked to nominate two judges from those listed, numbering them in order of preference. The candidate’s first choice will be asked to give a confidential written reference. If the applicant’s first choice of nominated judge is unable to provide a reference, then the applicant’s second choice will be invited to do so instead.
  6. The Selection Panel will select a further 3 judges or arbitrators from the list (in addition to the first nominated judge) for confidential written references. The selection will be made to provide a range of types of exposure and having regard to the ability of the judge to able to address with authority the candidate’s demonstration of the competencies. The selection will include (i) (where applicable) a senior judge with experience of the candidate’s specialism(s) and (ii) the judge (or arbitrator) before whom the candidate had appeared most frequently.
  7. To assist their contribution, the judges or arbitrators selected will be given information provided by the candidate about the name, month and year of the case(s) in which they appeared before the referee, and the brief account given by the candidate of his/her degree of exposure to the referee.

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