Update: important information about the coronavirus crisis
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.
The Pre-Application Judicial Education (PAJE) programme launched in April 2019.
It supports talented lawyers from underrepresented groups to feel more equipped, confident and prepared when considering applying for a future judicial role.
This is the first joint initiative of the Judicial Diversity Forum, which is made up of the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), The Bar Council, The Law Society of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Forum members are committed to delivering actions that attract applicants for judicial roles from all backgrounds to achieve a more diverse judiciary.
PAJE offers participants from all legal backgrounds the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role and skills required of a judge, through a series of digital resources including 10 short engaging online videos and four podcasts, developed by the Judicial College, which show judges talking about their work and the Judiciary.
These digital resources cover a number of topics such as judgecraft, decision-making, judicial ethics, resilience and equality and diversity. They are available to everyone to view on an unlimited basis on the UK Judiciary YouTube page.
Discussion group courses
To build upon learning, once participants have viewed all 10 videos, PAJE welcomes applications for places on a judge-led discussion group course. 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 courses will be prioritised for those individuals.
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.
If you have any queries, please contact PAJE@judiciary.uk