How to apply

How to apply

If you have the skills and qualities to create better justice for everyone, we encourage you to apply. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, and your personal qualities are as important as your professional experience. You, and every other candidate, will get fair and equal treatment. This is an overview of the application process. You can read further details in the candidate pack for the role you’re interested in, as well as full guidance on the website when you apply.

How to apply

Once you’ve found a vacancy that’s right for you, you’ll be asked to complete an online application form and, in some cases, submit a CV. All communication from us will be via email, so you’ll need a valid email address to log in and apply. We’ll email to confirm once we’ve received your application. If you are subsequently invited to an assessment, you’ll be able to book a date and timeslot. We’ll also send you a candidate pack with more details of the assessment and how to prepare.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are subject to a number of pre-employment checks to meet security and personnel requirements. It’s important that you complete the application form fully and accurately so these checks can be carried out with minimum delay if you’re offered a position with us.

Existing applications

If you’ve already started or submitted an application, please click on the Your Applications dropdown list at the top right of the screen to track the progress of your application. Within this list you can see all jobs you have applied to. Under each job title, you can track the status of your application, review any communication sent regarding the application, and review details about the role.

Reasonable adjustment

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition and need support with your application, let us know by approaching the point of contact in the job advert as soon as possible before the closing date. Please also complete the Assistance Required section in the Additional Requirements page of your application form. This is where you can let us know about any assistance you might need later on in the recruitment process, for example wheelchair access at interview, or the services of a language service professional.

Disability Confident Scheme

As part of the Civil Service, we guarantee to interview any person with a disability defined by the Equality Act 2010. Please tell us when you apply if this is relevant to you by filling in the Additional Requirements section. This way, you’ll benefit from the Disability Confident Scheme and get the support you’re entitled to from the outset. The Disability Confident Scheme guarantees that you will be invited to interview, providing you meet the minimum criteria. It does not guarantee a job. At interview, all applicants will be marked solely on merit, in line with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.


All applications should be made directly by you to HMCTS.