Step forward and judge

The Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) has published a nuts and bolts guide to career opportunities as a judge, aimed at inspiring candidates from all backgrounds to step forward.


“Step up to a judicial career” includes judges’ personal accounts of their day-to-day life as well as advice on tackling the application procedure and information on court and tribunal appointments. A DVD featuring judges offering advice and insight for prospective judicial candidates accompanies the 38-page booklet. Both are available for download at www.justice.gov.uk.

The MoJ is keen to encourage a wider pool of candidates to apply for judicial posts, and to move the judiciary away from its “pale, male” stereotype. It has launched promotional activity, judicial work-shadowing schemes and part-time salaried working schemes to try to appeal to those who may not have considered a career on the Bench, for example, people at a relatively early stage in their careers.

The newsletter provides several case studies of judges, including some who have previously worked as general counsel, part-time solicitors, and as a solicitor in the Government Legal Service.

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