Pre-application judicial education programme (PAJE)
The Bar is more diverse than the judiciary and we know judicial diversity, particularly amongst salaried judges, is still an issue. The Judicial Diversity Forum (which includes the Bar Council) has been working on this.
The Pre-Application Judicial Education (PAJE) programme has been developed by the Judicial Diversity Forum to support those from groups under-represented in the judiciary (although we recommend all prospective judicial candidates consider the basic programme based on our judgecraft syllabus).
A range of resources are available, created by the Judicial College. They are available to any lawyer, irrespective of their professional background and whether they come from a group under-represented in the judiciary.
Some of the PAJE online resources are supported by a course of judge-led discussion groups. As space on these courses is limited, the majority of places are currently reserved for those from groups under-represented in the judiciary (BAME, women, those with a disability and/or lawyers from a non-litigation background), though it is possible that there may sometimes be spaces for those not in these under-represented groups.
Read further information about attending one of these groups, or email PAJE@judiciary.uk to find out more.