Before you apply for a judicial appointment, you may want to:
- build on your judicial skills
- get support from existing solicitor judges
- shadow a judge
- take advantage of any programmes or schemes that are open to you
Follow the Judicial Pathway
The Judicial Pathway will guide your personal and professional development and help you demonstrate the competencies required for judicial roles.
It suggests activities to help you develop the competencies you’ll need, whatever stage of your career you’re at.
Use the Pathway to record your experiences and reflect on the lessons you’ve learned throughout your practising career. Use the best examples to show you meet the requirements.
Download the Judicial Pathway (PDF 66 KB)
Join the Solicitor Judges Division
Our Solicitor Judges Division supports solicitors who are interested in a judicial career by providing:
- events and training
- networking opportunities
- access to a community of solicitor judges and aspiring judges
Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme
The Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE) helps lawyers from under-represented groups who are interested in becoming a judge to feel more confident about applying.
It’s aimed at:
- black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers
- women lawyers
- lawyers with disabilities
- lawyers from a non-litigation background
You can view online resources and then apply to join a discussion group course led by a judge. The course looks at the skills and experience you’ll need to be a judge.
Find out more about PAJE
The Judicial Office runs a work shadowing scheme. It’s open to legal professionals with seven years’ post-qualification experience who are thinking about applying for a judicial appointment in the next two years.
If you take part in the scheme, you’ll spend two days shadowing one of the following:
- a high court judge
- a district judge
- a circuit judge
- a tribunal judge
Find out more about the work shadowing scheme
Judicial Mentoring Scheme
This is aimed at boosting diversity. You can join it if you've taken part in the work shadowing scheme and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- you're a woman
- you come from a BAME background
- you attended state school
- you were the first in your family to go to university
Find out more about the Judicial Mentoring Scheme