How to apply

How to apply


If you have the skills and you want to help create better justice for everyone, we encourage you to apply with us.

We welcome applications from every background, and your personal qualities are just as important as your professional experience.

Application process

Once you’ve found a role that’s right for you, you’ll be asked to complete an online application form. You might also be asked to submit a CV.

During the process, all our communication will be via email, so you’ll need a valid email address to apply.

If you’re invited to an interview, you’ll be able to book a date and timeslot via a login on the application portal. Before the interview, we’ll email you to let you know how to prepare. Details of the interview will also be covered in role’s job advert.

For guidance on how to complete your application form, click here.

Success Profiles and Behaviours

The Civil Service now uses a flexible framework to assess candidates using a range of elements, including a set of behaviours.

The behaviours you’ll be assessed against will be listed in the role’s job advert. Please take time to review these before you apply.

To find out more about success profiles and behaviours, click here.

Pre-employment checks

Before we can offer you a role, we’ll need to complete pre-employment background 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.

To find out more about our background checks, click here.

Existing applications

If you’ve already started or submitted an application, you can click on the drown down list in the application portal to track the progress of your application.

From the dropdown list, you can see all the jobs you’ve applied to. Under each job title, you can track the status of your application, review details of the role or view emails we’ve sent you about the role.

Reasonable adjustments

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition and need support with your application, please let us know.

You can do this by getting in touch with the point of contact listed in the role’s job advert, ideally as soon as possible and before the closing date.

You should 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 during the recruitment process, for example wheelchair access at your interview or language services.

Disability Confident Scheme

As part of the Civil Service, we promise to interview any person with a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

If you have a disability, please let us know by filling in the additional requirements section of your application form. This way, we’ll make sure you get the support you’re entitled to from the start of the application process.

The Disability Confident Scheme guarantees that you’ll be invited to an interview, but it doesn’t guarantee a job. At the interview, we’ll assess you solely on merit in line with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.


All applications should be made by you directly to HMCTS.