“This is the best job in the world. You are a part of the criminal justice system and the work is about ensuring that cases are tried fairly and that people are treated with respect, no matter who they are and no matter what their role in the proceedings might be. There is never need to question what you are doing with your life.”

We’ve asked current judges to share their stories and experience of why they wanted to become a judge, how they found the process and what the job entails day-to-day. Click on their names below to hear their thoughts.

Legal roles

“The best thing can also be the most daunting: having the responsibility and power to make decisions that will have a direct bearing on people’s lives. The support you get from other judges is also fantastic. I had expected it to be a rather lonely job but in fact the opposite has been the case.”

Non legal tribunal member roles

“I’d encourage anyone to apply. It’s important judicial work and – in human terms – really fascinating; you often feel very humbled by the people who come before you.”

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