Judge of the High Court - Kiribati

Refer to the Terms of Reference
Tarawa, Kiribati
Closing date:
25 June 2022, 05:00 PM

The Commonwealth Secretariat is assisting the Government of Kiribati to recruit a High Court Judge.

The successful candidate will report to the Chief Justice of Kiribati and will be expected to:

  • Adjudicate fairly and in a timely manner overall allocated criminal and civil matters;
  • Interpret and apply relevant laws and precedents to matters before them and to produce reasoned judgments;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to reduce case backlogs and strengthen Kiribati‚Äôs civil and criminal justice system; and
  • Perform any other function or scope of work assigned to and/or required by the Chief Justice.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience as detailed in the Terms of Reference, i.e.:

  1. Be qualified to practice as an attorney-at-law in Kiribati or as an attorney, advocate or barrister in a Commonwealth jurisdiction and possess over five years post qualification experience.
  2. Previous experience as a judge in a court with unlimited jurisdiction in a Commonwealth country is desirable.
  3. A high level of understanding of English common law is essential.
  4. Knowledge and experience of applying customary law is desirable.
  5. Comprehensive knowledge of relevant rules of evidence, civil and criminal procedure rules, and practice directions.
  6. Experience of supporting the strengthening of justice systems, including through the adoption of electronic case management systems, designing changes to rules of procedure and practice directions is desirable.

The successful candidate will need to have sound judgement, intellectual and analytical ability, be able to manage work efficiently, be able to work with others, have strong communication and listening skills, and leadership abilities. Personal qualities required are integrity, fairness, impartiality, and an understanding of people and society.

Please apply by submitting a cover letter with your CV, outlining your experience and suitability for the role. To be considered you must be a Commonwealth citizen.

Terms of Reference (146.96 KB)