Social media stories from the Judicial Office


Judicial news stories on social media

Members of the Traveller community’s visit to the Old Bailey.

Read all about the event organised by HHJ Spiro and HHJ Angela Rafferty KC.

Find out how magistrates balance their time in the magistracy with their employment.


Pupils hear about what it means to be a Judge

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.

Interview with Deputy High Court Judge Margaret Obi

Margaret Obi talks about her Nigerian upbringing and its influences on her career, her journey from solicitor to judge and her hopes for the future of the judiciary.

Judges visit CTK Emmanuel Sixth Form to discuss Black History Month

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah, His Honour Judge Kwame Inyundo, Employment Judge Adenike Balogun and Employment Judge Andrew Zimuto recently visited Christ the King Sixth Forms in Lewisham to speak to students about Black History Month.Four judges (two men and two women) sit around a table

Valedictory: Lord Justice Fulford

Many members of the judiciary and legal profession, along with friends and family, gathered in the Royal Courts of Justice on 3 October 2022 to celebrate the career of Lord Justice Fulford in a number of valedictory speeches. Read the full story at the link above.

The most senior judge in England and Wales visited Gower College in Swansea to give students the chance to hear about the work of judges, the justice system and the rule of law.

Find out about Tribunal Judge Noel Arnold’s journey into the judiciary

The reward of being a magistrate

Read more about Aruj’s journey into becoming a magistrate and what she found to be the most rewarding aspects of the role.

Diwali reflections from the judiciary

Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir KC and His Honour Judge Jinder Singh Boora share their thoughts and experiences of Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists.

Interview with Acting Regional Employmennt Judge Benjimin Burgher

In this interview, Judge Burgher talks about the impact of his family life on his early achievements, as well as his thoughts on diversity in the judiciary and his hope for a Black Supreme Court Judge in the future.

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His Honour Judge Jinder Singh Boora talks about his work with The Princes’ Trust Work Mentoring Programme at Saltley Academy

Read his full article at the link above.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Keith Lindblom: From pupillage to Senior President of Tribunals


In an interview with ‘The Pupil’ Magazine The Right Honourable Sir Keith Lindblom talks about his life and career to his current position as Senior President of Tribunals.

Interview with Chancery Master Iain Pester | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Following the opening of the Judicial Appointments Commission competition for Chancery Master, our most recent interview with Chancery Master Iain Pester explores what he enjoys about the role, the challenges and his advice for anyone considering judicial appointment.

His Honour Judge Mark Anthony Horton visits Bristol Academy to deliver his Judicial Awareness Course


His Honour Judge Mark Anthony Horton visited Bristol Academy where he delivered his Judicial Awareness Course.

University of Manchester’s Magistrates Initiative

The University of Manchester (UoM) launched its first inaugural young magistrate’s initiative on 8 March 2022, aimed at students who were first generation in their families to attend university. The initiative was set up by the Greater Manchester Advisory Committee in collaboration with the UoM and aims to encourage younger people to apply to become magistrates.

The Lord Chief Justice visits Barnsley Academy as part of the Schools Engagement Programme


The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, visited Barnsley Academy where he delivered a talk to students as part of the Schools Engagement Programme.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week: HHJ Dhir shares her experiences with dyslexia 

Last year we spoke with Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir, a circuit judge who sits at the Old Bailey. Despite the many assumptions around dyslexia and ability, Judge Dhir is an example of how the condition is never a hinderance to achievement.

Community, fairness and being a magistrate


Read our recent interview with magistrate Jingi.

International Women’s Day 2022

For International Women’s Day we had the privilege of speaking with Mrs Justice Ayesha A. Malik, noted to be the first woman to be sworn into the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In our interview the judge reflects on her career in the law, the importance of women in leadership roles and what International Women’s Day means to her.

Mrs Justice Ayesha A. Malik at her desk, smiling into the camera

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has delivered the Blackstone Lecture 2022 at Pembroke College in Oxford.


The Lord Chief Justice’s speech can be read in full below:

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Blackstone Lecture 2022 | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Judges team up for university careers outreach event | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Three judges have joined forces to take part in a careers outreach event at the University of Winchester.

The university hosted their visit, where they met with a variety of students to discuss their career ambitions and give presentations on the career paths of judges and some of the likely pitfalls to look out for.

The Family Justice Council held its 14th Annual Debate and panel discussion in London which was live streamed via Microsoft Teams to audiences at home – a first for the event.


Read more about the panel, watch the full live stream and individual speaker videos here.

You can visit our YouTube channel, which has all the video available to stream.

The Judicial Office, MoJ and HMCTS have launched a national magistrate recruitment campaign. The campaign includes radio content, interviews and social media content featuring testimonials from magistrates.

Examples of content created by the Judicial Office includes a day in the life video featuring magistrate Khadija:

The Judicial Office also spoke to a group of family magistrates based in London about their role:

This week Bradford-based judge His Honour Judge Ahmed Nadim was featured in The Telegraph and Angus.


Bradford’s newest judge speaks to the Telegraph & Argus about his career journey | Bradford Telegraph and Argus (

A conversation with Tribunal Judge Samina Majid

Read our interview with Tribunal Judge Samina Majid where she talks  about Rule of Law, volunteering as a mentor to support judges from minority backgrounds and the rewards and challenges of being a judge.

BBC interview – Afghan women judges


On Monday 4 October 2021 Mrs Justice McGowan spoke to Naga Munchetty about the position women judges in Afghanistan are currently in. A full transcript of the interview and a link to the recorded version via BBC Sounds is available here.

To donate and support the London Legal Walk visit the link here

District Judge (MC) Tan Ikram recently spoke to the National Diverse Student Network for their ‘Talking Heads’ series.


Click here to watch the video.

Magistrate Sam is based in Bedfordshire. He talks to us about his role as a family magistrate. Read his full interview here.

Judges make history as first all-female Court of Appeal sits in Wales


History has been made after three female judges – Lady Justice Nicola Davies, Mrs Justice Jefford and Mrs Justice Steyn – sat as part of the Court of Appeal in Wales.

Swearing in of the new Lord Chancellor, the Attorney General and new Solicitor General

The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP  has been officially sworn in as Lord Chancellor. The Attorney General and the new Solicitor General were also sworn in at the same ceremony.

All speeches are available by clicking the link above.

Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls

Listen to Luke Rigg, chair of young magistrates group,  share stories from the magistrates bench to Olly Mann at BBC Radio Four.


BBC Radio 4 – Four Thought, When We Were Young

In his interview Judge Boora spoke to us about his first interests in the law, his work as a District and Community Relations Judge and Judicial Mentor, the importance of listening and communication in the role amongst more.

A conversation with His Honour Judge Jinder Singh Boora | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Lord Chief Justice gives evidence to Parliament’s Constitution Committee


The Lord Chief Justice talked about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the courts, modernisation of the courts service, legal aid funding, judicial diversity and recruitment when he gave evidence at Parliament’s Constitution Committee on Wednesday morning.

Lord Chief Justice

Celebrating Pride Month – a diverse magistracy

“There is certainly no such thing as your stereotypical magistrate” says Dan.

With an interest in law and an eagerness to represent the LGBT+ community, Dan tells us why he became a magistrate.

Interview with Tribunal Judge Thaira Bibi | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary


Her Honour Judge Thaira Bibi, the first hijab wearing Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, talks about how she reaches decisions, diversity in the judiciary, what advice she would give to anyone considering the role and more.

A conversation with Recorder Mary Prior QC

Recorder Mary Prior QC, a part time judge who also works as a barrister, tells us about her role sitting in criminal and family cases on the Northern Circuit.

How I fulfilled my passion for helping families by volunteering to become a magistrate


Amy, a magistrate working in the family court, spoke to us about why taking on the role helped her fulfil her passion for helping families.

Click here to watch our ‘A Day in the Life’ interview with Lay Member Diane Hill.

Women’s History Month: Justice Zainab Jawara Alami shares her experiences as a female judge


Justice Zainab Jawara Alami is a High Court Judge with the Judiciary of The Gambia, appointed in June 2017. You can read her interview at the link above.

Justice Zainab Jawara Alami

YouTube – Ask a Magistrate

Click here to watch our new playlist on our Judiciary UK YouTube channel all about magistrates.

HHJ HortonHHJ Horton: The filming of “The Blunt Truth” to help tackle knife crime


His Honour Judge Mark Anthony Horton, a District and Community Relations Judge, has helped with the filming of The Blunt Truth, an offshoot of the Insight Programme with Avon and Somerset police. It’s part of a series of programmes to tackle violence including knife crime, recognising that violence is a preventable consequence of a range of risk factors.

HHJ DhirNeurodiversity Celebration Week: HHJ Dhir shares her experiences with dyslexia
Talking about neurodiversity helps everyone to understand it better
Coffee and Careers: Meet the Judges for #JusticeWeek2021


Click here to watch three of our judges and a magistrate feature on a live streamed YouTube event, hosted by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. The panel spoke openly about their roles and provided some interesting insights into the world of the justice system.

International Women’s Day 2021

We were privileged to be able to speak with Senior U.S District Judge Loretta Preska and ask her some questions about her life and work as a judge. During her time on the bench Judge Preska has presided over many notable civil and criminal cases in her home county of the Unites States. Click here to watch the full interview.

We had the opportunity to speak with Judge Nallini Pathmanathan of the Federal Court of Malaysia about her work as a judge and her experience as a woman in the judiciary.

Justice Nallini Pathmanathan

Master McCloud on LGBTQ+ History Month 2020


Click here to watch our interview with Master Victoria McCloud, where she talks about being the first known openly trans judge and shares her thoughts on the importance of celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month.

This LGBTQ+ History Month we sat down with Her Honour Judge Sarah Venn.

Click here to watch our interview where we discussed changes to LGBTQ+ attitudes, role models and the importance of LGBTQ+ History Month.

The cufflinks at the end of the clip are the judges own

Interview with young magistrates Ibrahim and Kayleigh


Listen to magistrates Ibrahim and Kayleigh talk about what made them want to apply, what skills they have learned and what they would say to someone thinking of taking on the role.

Efficiency and safety at Sheffield Crown Court


His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, The Recorder of Sheffield shares how collaboration and planning have made Sheffield Crown Court COVID-19 secure.

His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC

A report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, has been published.


President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, said: “This report brings together the various lines of thinking of recent years aimed at finding a better way to achieve good co-parenting between separated parents. It is an important and impressive document.

You can see a webinar associated with the report online.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Interview with District Tribunal Judge Rachael Vasmer


Ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities we spoke to Rachael Vasmer who is a district tribunal judge based in Shrewsbury, and an above-knee amputee. We talked about her professional journey, challenges she has faced due to her disability, and advice she would give to others.

A day in the life of a Circuit Judge


Click here to watch a day in the life of His Honour Judge Mukerjee, who sits at Birmingham Crown Court as a circuit judge.

Judge helps students stay safe and learn about the courts


HHJ Mark Horton, who has devised a Judicial Awareness Course, successfully delivered it to students at Merchants Academy in Withywood, Bristol as part of National inclusion Week.

The Modern Judiciary: Relaunch of online course


The course will start from 29 June for five weeks, and participants can register online.

Launch of the new magistrate’s recruitment online resource


As part of the on-going work to improve the recruitment of magistrates, we have launched a new magistrate landing page.

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Who are they?

Magistrates, or Justices of the Peace as they are also known, are judicial office holders who serve in Magistrates’ Courts throughout England and Wales.

What do they do?

All magistrates sit in courts as panels of three, mixed in gender, age, ethnicity etc . All three have equal decision-making powers but only one, the chair, will speak in court and preside over the proceedings.

Apply to be a magistrate

My experience of a socially distanced trial


His Honour Judge Anthony Potter shares his experience of presiding over a socially distanced trial at Warwick Crown Court.

His Honour Judge Anthony Potter

First 100 Years: celebrating the impact of pioneering women magistrates


Descendants of the first female magistrates in Leicestershire and Rutland will join in the centenary celebrations of women entering the law.
They will be among hundreds of people expected to attend two days of events in March honouring trailblazing women who helped change the face of the magistracy in the region.

A pioneerng magistrate

Supporting the justice system from home


As we continue to find out how judicial office holders are adjusting to new ways of working during the Coronavirus pandemic, Ben Yallop, who is a magistrate in North Hampshire, describes his experience of sentencing from home.

Ben Yallop

A pupil asks a questionPupils learn more about judiciary at Schools Question Time event Pupils from 12 local schools attended and put forward a range of questions, from asking about a typical day as a judge to the best career paths within the law. Young magistrates


Magistrates Association marks first ever Young Magistrates Conference. On Saturday 9 February, the Magistrates Association’s Young Magistrates Special Interest Group (YMSIG) held its first ever national conference to celebrate the contribution of young magistrates. The aim of the conference was to create a space to celebrate and explore the role of young magistrates and provide networking and training opportunities.

Dana Denis-SmithDana Denis-Smith, founder of First 100 Years, talks about the importance of having more female judges to be even more representative of society. The robes event at the Royal Courts of Justice was celebrating 100 years of women in the law. Lady Justice Nicola DaviesLady Justice Hallett, Lady Justice Simler and Lady Justice Nicola Davies talk about their legal careers at the robes event, celebrating 100 years of women in the judiciary, held at the Royal Courts of Justice. They say the law is “a great career for women” and anyone thinking of applying should “believe in themselves and don’t be discouraged”.
Lord Chief JusticeJudiciary announces launch of first online course with King’s College London and FutureLearn Judicial robeRobes event – honouring female trailblazers in the judiciary. Original robes worn by first female High Court Judge now on display at Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of JusticeWhy not visit the Royal Courts of Justice, in The Strand, central London, on Saturday 21 September, as part of London Open House? Visit the cells, see the legal costume exhibition, hear talks on how a courtroom works, meet court staff and much more. The building is open from 10am-4pm. Event is free but expect long queues. Podcast with judgesFirst 100 Years podcast – An Evening in Conversation with Dame Janet Smith DBE and Dame Caroline Swift DBE
HHJ Peter NathanOne of our judges, HHJ Peter Nathan, has launched a new process for victims of domestic abuse that will pilot in Surrey.  It means they will no longer have to travel to court to get a protective order, but can do it on the phone. Listen to his interview to find out more. Judge support programmeApplications for the Deputy High Court Support Programme close on 20 September. Follow this link to apply:
Court open dayBoost your community engagement – hold a court open day Magistrate talks about her role“It’s all well and good saying we must have more representation, but people must put themselves forward.” Agnes Xavier-Phillips JP (pictured) talks to BBC Wales about her role as a magistrate.
Judge talks about his roleListen to a number of judges talking about the importance of public service Judge talks about his role


‘Anyone who thinks being a judge might be for them, but perhaps thinks that their face might not fit because of their social background, this is the programme that will change that.’ DHCJ John Kimbell on the Deputy High Court S9 (4) programme.

Woman's Hour interviewDame Victoria Sharp talks to Tina Daheley on Woman’s Hour Mrs Justice Thornton : pride and prejudice – why women need to be at the heart of the rule of lawMrs Justice Thornton
His Honour Judge MukherjeeCan anybody become a judge?  “I didn’t go to a private school and I didn’t go to an Oxbridge or a red brick university and there was a time when I thought that part of my background would hold me back…” His Honour Judge Mukherjee talks about perceived challenges District Judge Etherington talks about judges having to develop new skills to help the people in their courtDistrict Judge Etherington
Outside of a courtCourts around the UK come in all shapes and sizes and deal with different aspects of the law. Visit for more information about Crown Courts, Court of Appeal, Family Courts, Magistrates Courts and more. Many of these are open to the public Dame Victoria SharpNew President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp, is sworn in
Sir Brian Leveson, at his valedictory ceremonyThe Lord Chief Justice pays tribute to the outgoing President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, at his valedictory ceremony Lady Justice Nicola DaviesLady Justice Nicola Davies on her career and continuing pride in her home country
Employment Judge Adenike BalogunWhy I became a judge: Employment Judge Adenike Balogun Young people ask questionsJudicial Question Time for schools
LLord Chief Justiceord Chief Justice Visits Dagenham School to talk to pupils about the role of the judiciary. The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales visits School in Dagenham to educate pupils about the work of judges and the judiciary Young advocate winnerYoung Advocate of the Year