About the Judicial Development Programme

CILEx Judicial Development Programme

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What is it?

The Judicial Development Programme has been developed by CILEx to support our members who wish to learn more about applying for Judicial Appointment.

Our aim is to provide members with information, support, training, mentoring and encouragement which shall assist in preparing for the judicial appointment process to become a Judge.

The overall purpose of the Judicial Development Programme is to assist the member in deciding whether or not they would like to apply for Judicial Appointment and if so supporting them in their decision in a practical way.

Who can apply?

Fellows with 5 years post qualification experience may apply to take part in the CILEx Judicial Development Programme.

When will the Judicial Development Programme be open for applications?

The Judicial Development Programme is now open for applications.  The programme accommodates 12 members per round and includes a full day training event complimented by matching the member with a judicial mentor. 

Is there a cost?

The cost to join the CILEx Judicial Development Programme is £495 + VAT.  This includes the training course itself as well as our judicial matching service. 

How many members will be able to take part in the CILEx Judicial Development Programme?

Twelve members will be able to participate in the Judicial Development Programme during each round and we plan to run the programme periodically throughout the year. This number is small in order that we are able to fully support each member enrolled ensuring all of the training, mentoring and support elements within the programme are effective. 


Members enrolled to take part in the CILEx Judicial Development shall have the opportunity to complete the following phases of the programme.

Phase 1

Members shall attend a training day “Give Yourself the Advantage” led by Manjula Bray.

There shall be follow up group telephone conferences whereby members can seek further guidance, support and assistance in relation to the preparation of their application for a particular Judicial Appointment exercise.

“Give Yourself the Advantage” Course Content

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will equip delegates with the skills to help enhance your application and interview performance. This training course has been developed specifically for Chartered Legal Executive applicants.

This intensive training will focus on tailoring your submission to make a positive impact in the competency based application and selection process. You will receive practical advice on completing the application form, incorporating your experiences and invaluable interview practice with feedback.

Places are limited to 12 delegates per course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to effectively complete the JAC competency-based application form.
  • Maximise the use of independent assessor/referee input.
  • Anticipate questions for both the telephone and face to face interviews and practice responding successfully.
  • Access expertise from an ex JAC independent/lay assessor.
  • Leave with an action plan to prepare for the next competition.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and refreshments
09.30 - 11.00 Session
11.00 - 11.15 Refreshments
11.15 - 13.00 Session
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.15 Session
15.15 - 15.30 Refreshments
15.30 - 17.00 Session
17.00 - Close

Phase 2

Members shall have the opportunity to be matched with a judicial mentor and attend a series of mentoring sessions.  Judges shall be invited to attend these sessions to provide mentoring to our members in a small group environment or 1-1.  These sessions are to last between 40 mins – 1 hour and shall be face to face.  Location to be agreed between member and judicial mentor. 

Phase 3

CILEx shall remain in contact with you at regular intervals throughout your participation in the programme with an action planning session which may be conducted over the telephone or via skype facility or similar. This will act as a goal setting tool and enable CILEx to track your progress in applying for Judicial Appointment. CILEx may also invite partners such as LawCare to speak with members during this phase of the programme to provide wellbeing support where needed.

Proposed timetable

The application window to take part in The CILEx Judicial Development Programme is currently closed. 

However, we accept applications all year round and are happy to reserve places in this instance for future rounds when they become available.

There are only 12 spaces per cohort so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment. 

How do I apply?

If you would like to register to enrol on the CILEx Judicial Development Programme please complete our application form here.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out more information or register your interest in future rounds of the programme please email beajudge@cilex.org.uk