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Senior Software Developer (Pre-Recorded Evidence) (Ref: 87336) -HM Courts and Tribunals Service

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Full-time (Permanent)
£54,358 to £66,670
Published on
22 May 2024
4 June 2024

Senior Software Developer (Pre-Recorded Evidence) (Ref: 87336)

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

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£54,358 - £66,670

The national salary range is £54,358 - £61,585, London salary range is £58,847 - £66,670 Your salary will be dependent on your base location

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Grade 7

Grade 7

Contract type


Type of role

Information Technology

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East Midlands (England), East of England, London (region), North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job

Job summary

This position is based Nationally

Job description

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Directorate:    Digital Technology Services (DTS)

Pay Band:     Grade 7 

Job Title:     2 x Senior Software Developer (Pre-Recorded Evidence)
Location:    London / National
    Successful applicants will be expected to be office based 2 days per week in any HMCTS Office (subject to business availability). The frequency may increase in the future

Term:    Permanent

Interview:    Video conference via Teams

Important salary details: 

New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum.
Existing Civil Servants applying on promotion, will usually be appointed on the salary minimum of the new pay band, or receive an increase of 10 percent on the current base salary, whichever is higher (This is restricted to the pay maximum of the new band).


Roles will be recruited using a combination of the Government Digital and Data (GDD) and Success Profile Frameworks. Using GDD we will then determine if you will be paid an additional allowance, on top of your basic salary. This role is aligned to the Technical Job Family, is a Software Developer role at Senior Developer level, and carries the title Senior Software Developer within DTS. 

Reserve List:

HMCTS run a Reserve List, where candidates who are unsuccessful at interview by only a few points, can be offered other roles, at the same band, for up to 12 months. You will be able to view your status via the application screen. If you have been added to the Reserve List, your status will show either Merit or Reserve list.


These are exciting times at HM Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). As an agency of the MoJ, we support the judiciary across England and Wales to deliver justice by running courts and tribunals and processing outcomes, and we are looking for talented people to help us achieve our ambitions. It will be challenging, important and rewarding.
HMCTS Digital and Technology Services (DTS) is a specialist technology directorate which provides support to HMCTS in the use of IT and Digital. DTS is creating a place in which it is great to do work and part of our offer is brilliant training opportunities and support from expert colleagues. As well as that you’ll find flexible working, an inclusive culture and a place where your opinion is valued.

Please follow the link below for further information about HMCTS.

The key purpose of the role: 

The HMCTS Pre-Recorded Evidence project is tasked with providing the ability for certain witnesses to record their evidence before a full trial and away from the courtroom. The recording is then played back during the trial itself and the victim is not required to attend the trial in person.

The project is currently being built and rolled out nationally. The Java API code can be found here: and links to other relevant repositories can be found in the GitHub readme.

As a Senior Developer you will work with a wide range of stakeholders such as user researchers, product managers, designers, business analysts, content specialists, delivery managers and digital architects, all of whom share a vision for making better government through smarter use of technology. You will innovate to radically transform public services for the better.


We rely heavily on

•    Java to write our backend services
• Node.js and Angular to write our frontend services
• Power Platform for low-code development
• Jenkins for deployment
• Dynatrace for application monitoring
• Kubernetes and Docker to run our services
• Azure for most of our infrastructure
• Postgres and Redis as our databases.
• GOV.UK Design System for our web interfaces
• Macs to do all the above
• In addition, we use a range of other technologies and continue to evolve by employing new technologies that help us deliver better services to our users
We’re happy to help you learn our tech stack once you are part of our team.

Key responsibilities:

•    Write, amend, refactor and document code to build complex programs/scripts, and as required leading on these activities. Adhere to internal process and procedures, promoting and advising others which software development standards, processes & procedures apply.
• Constantly seek to learn and further develop your skills as required for your role. Monitor changes in the tech stack you use and alert on any major changes affecting our software. Adhere to industry's best practices, produce well-engineered modern products and guide others to do so in a highly competent manner.
• Ensure that products are secure, engineered to mitigate security threats and have the necessary security controls in place. Ensure that information is handled with confidentiality and integrity, and that products are compliant. Identify and raise risks and support Information Assurance activities.
• Support and maintain software as required, including in the live environment. Use modern tools to effectively and thoroughly identify, troubleshoot and fix faults. Package and deploy software built. Some activities may be outside the core office hours (in-line with the organisation's policy for OOH).
• Plan the development on sets of related stories and coordinate integration tasks across systems. Contribute to selection of the software development approach (plan-driven, iterative/agile etc.) for projects. Identify process optimisation opportunities with guidance and support activities to improve the development process. Choose the most appropriate from a variety of methods of prototyping, actively solicit prototypes with others.
• Define, analyse, plan, forecast, measure, maintain and improve all aspects of the availability of services. Control and manage service availability to meet the needs of the business in a cost-effective manner. This includes managing the capability, functionality and sustainability of service components (for example, hardware, software, network resources and software/infrastructure as a service).
• Define the integration build. Coordinate build activities across systems and undertake and support integration testing activities.
• Take a test-driven approach to software development, write complex automation test scripts and participate in testing. Participate in code reviews of own work and leads code reviews of colleagues' work.
• Guide and advise others on technical areas you have expertise in, modern development standards and approaches to understand user stories. Coach and mentor more junior colleagues. Lead on and participate in recruitment as required.
• Participate in and lead on procurement activities as required.
• Translate user stories to a proposed design and develop software to meet user needs. Collaborate with user researchers, represent users internally and champion user research to focus on all users.
•    The post holder may be expected to travel between sites, for meetings, events etc as and when required.

Skills & Experience:

•    Sound knowledge in one programming language for development of enterprise and public facing applications, ideally in our core stack (Java and JavaScript).
• Sound knowledge of HTTP, at least one web development framework (for example Spring or Angular) and at least one RDBMS (e.g. PostgreSQL)
• Sound knowledge in a wide range of technologies and libraries used in an enterprise, such as logging and monitoring, ORM, authentication/authorisation, cloud hosting environments, systems integration, source control, package management etc.
• Experience of mentoring, coaching or leading other developers
• Experience of working with modern tools and techniques
• An understanding of common security issues and how to mitigate them
• You will also want to make a positive impact on the communities we serve
• You are looking for new technical and leadership challenges
• You thrive when you work as part of a team
• You enjoy learning and helping others
• You hold yourself and others to a high standard
•    You solve problems in a systematic way

Application process:

The following areas of Success Profile Framework will be used to assess and score your application during the sift, and interview.

•    Experience – As demonstrated in your application form.

•    Technical – As demonstrated in your application form and interview. Successful sift candidates will be invited to a pre-interview technical on-line test. If successful, you will move on to the interview stage, which will also include a coding challenge that you will have time to prepare for. 

•    GDD Assessment – During the interview, you will be assessed against the GDD framework

•    Behaviours – You will be required to provide evidence of the following key behaviours at Level 4

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace 

•    Level of Clearance - To apply for this role, you will be required to successfully complete Security Clearance (SC) level as a condition of appointment.

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