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Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

COVID-19- Update Judicial Work Shadowing

Due to the pandemic most, hearings are being conducted over the telephone/virtually. For this reason, the JWSS is suspended.

As an alternative, we have set up another scheme: ‘Conversation with a Judge’ in the interim to give lawyers, barristers and other legal applicants the opportunity to understand the role of a judge and to offer some of the advantages of JWSS.

Applications for the new scheme are now being accepted, please apply in the usual manner.
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The Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme gives eligible legal practitioners, who are considering a career in judicial office, an insight into the work of a judge.

If you are applying for a placement at the time of a recent JAC exercise launch, please keep in mind we may not be able to meet demand at peak periods. You may wish to sit in a public hearing and see the type of work you are interested in. Please look at the Courts and Tribunal directory (external link, opens in a new tab) for more information on your nearest courthouse or tribunal centre.