Becoming a judge: support and resources

There are a number of resources and information available to support potential applicants towards applying for a judicial role, which are outlined on this page.

Information will be added and updated on an ongoing basis, to ensure it reflects the latest support and resources available.

Guide to Judicial Conduct

Equal Treatment Bench Book

The core principles (Three Is) – forms part of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct

Interactive diagram on the structure of the courts and tribunals in England and Wales

Judiciary led materials

Judicial Careers – information available to support those considering a judicial career, including the Judicial Careers Portal

Judicial progression charts: Pathway for courts (xl sheet) and tribunals (xl sheet)

Judicial Appointment Commission (JAC) led materials

Types of judicial roles (external link)

‘Am I ready to apply for a judicial role?’ (external link)

Read about the different routes to and through the judiciary (external link)

Tribunal Roles Structure (external link)

Prepare before you apply for judicial selection exercises (external link)

Guidance on the judicial selection process (external link)

Hear from successful judicial candidates (external link)

JAC Practice Qualifying Test (external link)

Feedback and Evaluation reports (external link)

Example Roleplay (external link)

You can subscribe to the JAC’s monthly vacancies newsletter, Judging Your Future by registering online (external link).

The Law Society led materials

Understanding Judicial Roles guide (PDF)

Judicial Pathway Toolkit (PDF)

Case studies (external link) with advice from solicitor judges in a variety of roles

The Bar Council led materials

The Bar Council has a mentoring scheme (external link) for barristers interested in judicial appointment. If you would like a mentor, please email your request in to

CILEX led materials