Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme

Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE)

PAJE LogoThe Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE) is run in partnership by The General Council of the Bar, The Law Society, The Ministry of Justice, The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and The Judicial Appointments Commission.

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PAJE Discussion group courses:  Spring/Summer round update!

If you applied for the Spring/Summer round of PAJE please note;

In light of the current circumstances on coronavirus (COVID-19), the PAJE Working Group have taken the decision to cancel the Spring/Summer 2020 judge-led discussion groups in London, Birmingham and Portsmouth. We have not taken this decision lightly but think it is best to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants and judges involved. 

We have decided that applicants who submitted an application for the Spring/Summer 2020 round will be considered for the Autumn/Winter round (from September 2020), subject to us reviewing the ongoing advice from government. 

We are not yet in the position to confirm dates for the Autumn/Winter round but we will ensure that you are kept up-to-date with our plans in the next few months.

What will participation in PAJE mean? 

Participation in a course will enable lawyers to further explore the realities of being a judge as well as any perceptions they may have on barriers to a judicial career. 

The discussion groups will not provide coaching on how to approach a JAC selection exercise but will explain the types of skills and experience you will need and get you to think about how those can be demonstrated to meet the JAC competency framework. 

As the PAJE programme is focussed on providing additional targeted support to those that are eligible for judicial appointments from the following four underrepresented groups – all BAME lawyers, all women lawyers, all lawyers with disabilities and/or solicitors and chartered legal executives (both with a litigation and non-litigation background) and those from a non-litigation background including academic and non-practising barristers – applications to join the discussion group sessions will be prioritised from those individuals. 

The next discussion group courses will be held in a virtual environment during Autumn/Winter 2020. Each course will consist of four discussion groups, which will last up to two hours, on a weekly/fortnightly basis.   

How to apply

The application dates for candidates wishing to apply to join a judge-led discussion group course for the Autumn/Winter 2020 have not yet been announced. Please visit the PAJE webpage  where further details can be found.