Chartered Legal Executives as Judges
Chartered Legal Executive lawyers with five years
post-qualification experience are now eligible to apply for some
judicial appointments, alongside barristers and solicitors and
other recognised lawyers.
This follows completion of the final stages of the Tribunals
Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 which gained Royal Assent in July
2007. A key purpose of the legislation is to support diversity by
widening the range of those eligible to apply to become judges.
The changes in legislation are part of government commitment to
increasing public confidence in the judiciary and the justice
system. This widening of eligibility means that the Judicial
Appointments Commission will be able to draw from a wider pool of
talent when running selection exercises ensuring the most talented
and able candidates are appointed to the judiciary.
The changes allow those with the relevant skills, experience and
expertise to apply for judicial office, instead of just solicitors
and barristers, which is a significant step forward.
The following posts are now open to suitably qualified Chartered
Legal Executive lawyers:
- District Judge; District Judge (Magistrates Courts)
- Deputy District Judge; Deputy District Judge (Magistrates
- Road User Charging Adjudicator
- Legally qualified member of the Asylum and Immigration
- Member of Panel of Chairmen of the Employment Tribunal;
- Judge of the First Tier Tribunal; and
- Adjudicators (regulation 17 Civil Enforcement of Parking
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has said that this approach has
been taken to maintain the policy principle that those newly
eligible should be eligible only for more junior level posts. The
MoJ envisages that, over time, Chartered Legal Executive
lawyers will be able to amass sufficient experience to apply
for more senior level posts.
The latest posts available through the Judicial Appointments
Commission (JAC) selection exercises can be found here.
CILEx strongly recommends that members who are considering
applying for a judicial appointment take part in the workshadow a judge scheme before making an
The scheme is aimed at giving those who are thinking of applying
for judicial office an insight into judicial work and
responsibilities. The scheme provides the opportunity to spend up
to three days observing (both in and out of court) the working
lives of judges.
"There is now no limit to what Chartered Legal Executive Lawyers
can achieve within the legal profession"
First Chartered Legal Executive Judge, Deputy District Judge
Ian Ashley-Smith. Read the full
press release here.
"CILEx Fellows have the skills to become judges"
JAC Commissioner, Charles
Newman. Read the full article from the March
2009 Legal Executive
What judicial posts are available and what are the
prospects for practising Charterd Legal Executive Fellows?
Rose, Editor of the Legal Executive discusses the options.