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Council of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges (COCJ)

The Council of Circuit Judges is the representative body of Circuit Judges in England and Wales. The committee of the Council consists of elected and co-opted members. Our committee has representatives from all parts of England and Wales and represents all types of work conducted by the Circuit Bench.

Our membership comprises of serving and retired Circuit Judges. Members are encouraged to contact their circuit representative or any of the officers on any issues of concern.

The committee regularly meets with senior judiciary and senior administrators to represent the interests of our members.  The Secretary and President regularly send out communication to members alerting them of any developments that impact on the interests of the Circuit bench.

We also arrange events when our members can meet socially. This is at our Spring lunch and our Annual General Meeting dinner in the Autumn. We hold functions at different locations in England and Wales and they are hugely popular. Retired members also attend.

We frequently contribute to consultations that take place for instance by the Sentencing Council and the Law Commission. In recent times, we have actively represented the interests of our members on the issues of pensions and salaries as well as other matters.

Members are able to access a list of Judicial attire for purchase and can put items up for sale. We also carry a small stock of Full Bottomed (dress) Wigs that members can borrow for free.

Anyone about to take up appointment should receive information about joining the Council on appointment. If you have not for any reason, please contact the secretary. If you are a Circuit Judge and wish to become a member of the Council of Circuit Judges, please contact our membership secretary Her Honour Judge Jane Miller QC.

We are proud to say that we have a vibrant number of retired colleagues who continue to support us and attend functions. They pay a reduced subscription. The contact for retired Circuit Judges who are members of CoCJ is His Honour Andrew Goymer.

Members who have access to the Judicial Intranet will find further information about CoCJ and the work it does and contact details of the representatives through the Judicial Intranet (opens in a new tab) page and the eJudiciary (external link, opens in a new tab) sites.