Criminal training overview

For new recorder appointments to the Crown Court Bench there is a mandatory induction course. This is delivered using small groups led by a tutor judge (an experienced Crown Court Circuit Judge).

A significant part of the course is the mock trial which enables the new recorders to deal with a range of problems by acting as the judge in a mock trial from start to finish. The induction course is followed up by an (optional) newly appointed recorders criminal conference (NARCC) that takes place approximately one year after appointment.

Continuing education for the Crown Court is provided through a number of options which reflect the various needs, experience, and specialism of the Crown Court judiciary. For further information on these options please see the Courts Judiciary Prospectus.