Pupils hear about what it means to be a Judge


Lord Chief Justice with 3 students from the sixth form college

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales visited The One Sixth Form College in Ipswich earlier this week to give the pupils a chance to hear about the work of judges, the justice system and the rule of law. He was accompanied by Tribunal Judge Jane McConell, a Diversity and Community Relations Judge, and Judge Levett.

The visit was part of the school’s engagement programme that judges are involved in across the country.

Speaking at the College, the Lord Chief Justice said: ‘’The rule of law is fundamental to our British way of life. Every day, many thousands of judges make decisions which affect people’s lives, and their livelihoods. But most people have little idea of what goes on unless they find themselves in the system.

“I want to make it easier for schools to help teach pupils about the justice system, and how it really works – I want to invite students to talk to us about our work. We already know that having a discussion with a real judge is very popular with school students.  I want to make this opportunity more widely available to schools by asking them to consider inviting judges to visit and give them access to other resources that support their curriculum, and their careers conversations with students.

Lord Chief Justice addressing the sixth form college students

“There are judges from all walks of life and at many various levels in courts and tribunals. I also want to send the message to all students, from whatever background, they could be the lawyers and judges of the future.”

The school’s engagement programme is backed up by online resources that are available to schools and students on the judiciary’s website.

The visit comes on the back of the work that  Diversity and Community Relations Judges (DCRJs) and magistrates (DCRMs) already do in the community to encourage students from all backgrounds to think about a career in the justice system.

Schools wishing to ask for a judge to speak to students can do so by going to the school’s engagement web page or emailing schools@judiciary.uk.