Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme

Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme (PAJE)


The 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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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. 

PAJE Discussion group courses:  Next Application Round (Winter/Spring 2021 judge led-discussion groups) due to open Monday 19 October 2020!

In light of the current circumstances on coronavirus (COVID-19), the PAJE Working Group have taken the decision to move the judge-led discussion groups which are run as part of the programme to online delivery to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants and judges involved. 

There will be three virtual discussion group courses from January 2021. Each course will consist of four discussion group sessions, which will last up to two hours, on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

How to apply

The application round for candidates wishing to apply to join a virtual judge-led discussion group course for the Winter/Spring 2021 round opens on Monday 19 October 2020.

Please click here to download an application form and apply. 

Completed application forms should be submitted to by no later than 23:59 on Monday 16 November. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Candidates will be notified in mid-December as to whether or not they have been successful in securing a place on one of the three virtual discussion group courses.

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