Solicitor judges

Judicial disciplinary system – Law Society response

Tell us what you think about proposed changes to the judicial disciplinary system by Friday 14 January 2022.

The proposals

The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice are holding a consultation on proposals for improvements to the judicial disciplinary system.

The consultation includes 41 proposals that were developed by an independent working group during a year-long review. They cover a range of issues including:

  • improving the complaints-handling process
  • measures to promote transparency
  • steps to improve diversity among those who have a statutory role in the processes for considering complaints

What this means for our members

The disciplinary system affects:

  •  salaried and fee-paid courts judges
  •  tribunal judges
  •  non-legal members, magistrates and coroners in England and Wales

The consultation will:

  • shape the definition of judicial misconduct
  • refine the complaint-handling process
  • aim to improve the diversity of those involved in the process

Get involved

Review the proposals and tell us your views.

Complete our short survey

You’re invited to take part if you are:

  • a judicial office-holder
  • a solicitor advocate
  • a legal representative or
  • someone who has experience of the judicial disciplinary process 

Our survey will close on Friday 14 January at 5pm.

Next steps

The consultation closes on 7 February 2022.

We'll factor your feedback in to our official response.

Read the consultation on the GOV.UK website