Free workshop – becoming a BAME judge

We're running free workshops to support black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) solicitors, who are currently under represented in the judiciary.

The workshops are aimed at those who have progressed to the scenario stage in their deputy district judge (DDJ) and/or tribunal judicial applications (as part of the Combined Qualifying Test process).

Workshop dates

These four-hour, online workshops are planned to optimise your performance, so are aligned with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) selection dates as follows:


For DDJ: Friday 4 September 2020 (10am to 2pm)

For tribunal: Saturday 7 November 2020 (10am to 2pm)

Selection day

For DDJ: Saturday 5 December 2020 (10am to 2pm)

For tribunal: Friday 15 January 2021 (10am to 2pm)

Closing dates for applications are Friday 28 August (DDJ) and Friday 16 October (tribunal).

What do the sessions consist of?

We hope the workshops will equip you with the skills to enhance your application and selection day (interview and role play) performance.

They will be intensive and targeted sessions focusing on tailoring your competency-based examples for the application workshops and honing your ability to respond to competency-based questions for the selection day workshops.

Sitting solicitor judges will be volunteering their time to support your learning, guided by a former JAC lay panel member, so you will gain invaluable, credible feedback from them as well as your peers. Numbers are strictly limited.

Who can attend?

BAME solicitors with a minimum of five years’ PQE who are still contenders in the current JAC selection process for the DDJ/tribunal roles (that is, those who have passed the qualifying test and completed the scenario stage) are eligible to apply for these workshops.

If you would like to be considered for a place initially at the application workshops, send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you consider yourself suitable for judicial appointment, bearing in mind the skills and qualities for appointment, and how you believe you would benefit from the workshop.

Places are limited to a maximum of nine delegates per course and will be allocated based on your CV and the information you provide.

To apply for a place email Jerry Garvey with your CV and covering letter.

Maximise your Law Society membership with My LS