About the Judicial Development Programme

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CILEx Judicial Development Programme

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What is it?

The Judicial Development Programme is a new initiative being 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 Judicial Development Programme is being piloted in 2017 and there is an application and selection process based upon specific criteria. That criteria is based around qualification status, post qualification experience, Judicial Appointments available within a members area of specialism, demonstrated desire to commit to the programme, attendance at our Judicial Awareness Day and thereafter a period of mentoring and action planning leading the member to making their application for Judicial Appointment.

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 a pilot project in 2017. This means that we are in the process of developing the programme and we are testing it out so those members who take part in the pilot need to know that it is in development and is not the finished product. Applications to join the programme closed on 21st July 2017, however once the programme is fully tested we shall be making the programme available to members who are Fellows with 5 years PQE. 

Is there a cost?

There will be no cost for members taking part in the pilot project, however going forwards once the programme is fully developed there is likely to be an associated fee.

How many members will be able to take part in the Pilot project?

Ten members will be able to participate in the Pilot project. This number is small in order that we are able to fully test the effectiveness of all the training, mentoring and support elements within the programme.

Those members selected to take part in the pilot project shall agree to provide regular feedback in relation to the programme content at regular intervals as required by CILEx. This feedback will help CILEx to fully develop the programme ensuring it is fit for purpose and meets the objective to increase representation of CILEx members in the Judiciary.


Members selected to take part in the CILEx Judicial Development (Pilot Project 2017) shall be required to complete the following phases of the programme.

Phase 1

Members shall attend a training day “Give Yourself the Advantage”. This shall be a training day at CILEx headquarters, Kempston, Bedford, led by Manjula Bray and 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 10 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.


09.30 - 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 - 11.15 Session
11.15 - 11.30 Refreshments
11.30 - 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 attend a series of mentoring sessions (likely to be 3) chaired by a CILEx member of staff. Judges shall be invited to attend these sessions to provide mentoring to our members in a small group environment. These sessions are to last between 40 mins – 1 hour and shall be face to face. (location TBC).

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 closing date for applications to take part in the pilot project was 21st July 2017. Members selected to take part in the pilot shall commence training in September 2017.

How do I apply?

The application process to join the pilot project has now closed.  If you would like to register your interest in taking part in the CILEx Judicial Development Programme once it has been fully tested please email beajudge@cilex.org.uk