PAJE is an initiative of the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) partners: Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, Judicial Appointments Commission, the Bar Council, the Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
PAJE aims to support eligible lawyers from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the judiciary of England and Wales, to apply for judicial office. The PAJE programme has two elements: online learning and judge-led discussion groups. The online learning launched today via the judiciary.uk website.
It will offer participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role and skills required to be a judge, through several short engaging videos and podcasts, which have been developed by judges and Judicial College. The videos consist of judges from different backgrounds, who cover a range of topics including judgecraft, working with a jury, decision making, resilience, ethics and many more. The podcasts will give participants the opportunity to engage in further detailed information that are not captured in the videos.
To build upon learning, once participants have viewed and listened to all the digital resources, we will welcome applications for places on a judge-led discussion group, which will commence from September 2019 at venues across England and Wales. Participation in a group will enable lawyers to further explore the realities of being a judge as well as any perceptions they may have on barriers to a judicial career.
The PAJE programme is focussed on providing additional targeted support to those that are eligible for judicial appointments, from the following four underrepresented groups: BAME lawyers, women lawyers, lawyers with disabilities and/or lawyers from a non-litigation background (including solicitors and chartered legal executives). We will prioritise applications to join a discussion group from those individuals. The application process will go live on 13 May 2019.
Engagement with diversity groups in the legal profession
We are keen to work with you to ensure that you and your members have the information you require on PAJE, to encourage participation in the programme. As PAJE is a new initiative, we would welcome any feedback on the various elements, following the launch today. We want lawyers from underrepresented groups to feel more equipped, confident and prepared when considering applying for a future judicial role.
If you have any questions or require further information about PAJE, please do not hesitate to email PAJE@judiciary.uk or your PAJE legal professional contact, who will be as follows:
Law Society of England and Wales – Jemima Lovatt (email@example.com) or Jerry Garvey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bar Council – Sam Mercer (email@example.com)
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – Louise Tyrrell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We want PAJE to be a successful programme that supports further diversity in the judiciary. Your engagement and input on this would be highly appreciated.