Solicitor judges

Seminar for judicial recorder applicants

On Thursday 9 December at 5pm, the Judicial Office is holding a seminar for those interested in applying for appointment as a fee-paid recorder.

In early 2022, the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is launching a selection exercise to recruit fee-paid recorders.

The seminar aims to help applicants be better prepared to apply and to receive up-to-date guidance and advice on the JAC’s selection process.

The event is organised on behalf of the Judicial Diversity Committee to support the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

You’ll hear from:

  • Lady Justice Carr
  • a recorder
  • a representative from the JAC

The seminar will take place online on 9 December 2021 from 5pm– 6pm.

Register your interest

Who should attend?

You’ll need five years’ legal post-qualification experience (PQE) to apply.

You do not need previous judicial experience.

Submit a question

If you’d like to submit a question to the panel, email:

The role: recorder

A recorder's statutory jurisdiction is similar to that of a circuit judge.

Main activities include:

  • reading and assimilating case papers before a hearing or trial begins 
  • case management in the Crown Court, County Courts and Family Court
  • presiding over court hearings
  • deciding appeals
  • determining any necessary paper applications
  • assessing costs and reviewing detailed assessments

Case studies: recorders

In the following case studies, solicitors write about their experience of becoming a judicial recorder:

Location and jurisdiction

Recorders are appointed nationally and assigned to a circuit within England and Wales by the Lord Chief Justice.

When you apply, you should carefully consider how you rank jurisdiction and location, as deployment recommendations are based on the following:

  • the merit order of candidates
  • requirements from HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)
  • your ranked location preferences
  • your home address

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