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Crown Appointments

The Isle of Man prides itself on its values of democracy, good government and the importance of the rule of law. The judiciary is a key component of delivering these values and to the Island’s international reputation.

Applications are invited from on and off-Island candidates for the position of First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls; the current incumbent First Deemster vacates office on 31 July 2018. This is a Crown appointment made by Her Majesty The Queen pursuant to section 3A of the High Court Act 1991. 

The First Deemster is President of the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man and also holds the positions of Clerk of the Rolls and Deputy Lieutenant Governor, acting for His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, when required.

The First Deemster will hold office at the pleasure of Her Majesty. The appointment will be on the advice of a Selection Panel. Candidates for this position must meet the following criteria:

  • A qualified advocate, barrister or solicitor of at least 15 years standing
  • Relevant judicial experience either in the Isle of Man or elsewhere within the British Isles for a minimum of 5 years
  • A high level of professional expertise, ideally in civil, family and criminal cases; able to deal with the most complex issues in a broad range of legal activity
  • An understanding of the Rules of the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man and of court practice and procedure or an ability and commitment to gain such knowledge
  • Able to fulfil the role of Deputy Governor of the Isle of Man
  • Willingness to further legal and judicial training and education, when commitments allow

The information pack and application form are available.

Further information about the office can be obtained from:

The Judge of Appeal

Isle of Man Courts of Justice

Deemsters Walk


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 687576

Applications should be marked ‘In Confidence’ and sent by email.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in the week commencing 30 April 2018.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 April 2018 at 5.00pm

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