Events of the past year have prompted many to seek a new start or head for pastures new.
But few pastures would be quite as abruptly new and remote as this though: becoming the sole judge on the Falkland Islands.
The Judicial Appointments Commission is now inviting applications from candidates to become senior magistrate for the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The post is comparable to that of a Crown court or county court judge in England and Wales and comes with a salary of between £75,976 and £93,769, depending on experience and qualifications. The package includes 41 days paid annual leave and flights for you and any recognised dependents, and a relocation allowance.
The successful candidate should have a minimum of seven years’ recent relevant experience as a practising professional advocate (solicitor, barrister or equivalent), as well as three years’ full time judicial experience working on matters involving criminal trials, family law and coroners’ inquests.
The job advert says that ‘for those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world’. The successful candidate will also benefit from ‘good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams’.
It’s not likely the chosen judge will be over-worked on islands where the population could fit into Wembley Stadium at least 20 times over. There is also the exciting opportunity to appear in the Penguin News, the Falklands’ newspaper. Apply here.