REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: New Combined Qualifying Test for Deputy District Judge and Fee-Paid Judge of the First-tier and Employment Tribunals

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: New Combined Qualifying Test for Deputy District Judge and Fee-Paid Judge of the First-tier and Employment Tribunals


Written By: Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)
Written: 14th Apr 2020

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has now opened its registration for its new Combined Qualifying Test (CQT) which will take place in June 2020.  The test is the first stage of three large selection exercises for fee-paid judges:

  • Deputy District Judge
  • Fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal
  • Fee-paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal

In a change to the process used last year, the CQT will take place before candidates fill in their full application form. If you wish to apply for one or more of these roles, you will need to register for the CQT between 14 April and 5 May 2020, and express which role(s) you are interested in applying for. You may apply for all three. The JAC will not run another qualifying test for these roles until 2021, so if you are interested in any of the three roles, please make sure you register by 5 May. If you do not register for this test, you will not be able to apply for any of the above roles this year.

Who can apply 

If you would like to apply for a particular post you should first check you meet the eligibility criteria in the table below: 

For more information and how to register now  - visit Apply for Judicial Appointments

To find out the latest information on the CQT and to get reminders to register, please sign up to alerts here.