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Online application process for aspiring recorders falters just hours after opening

16 February 2017

Solicitors and barristers wishing to take the next step on the judicial ladder faced agonising delays this week as the recorder application process suffered a major IT meltdown.

The Judicial Appointments Commission’s competition to find the 100 best recorders to fill the criminal and family courts stalled just hours after its official launch when the online qualifying test experienced ‘technical problems’.

Almost 2,500 candidates applied to take the online multiple-choice situational judgement test, the first of four stages in the application process, which also includes an online scenario test, telephone assessment, and final interview.

Droves of lawyers took to social media to vent their frustration as they were repeatedly met with error messages throughout the process.

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