Becoming a judge of the high court is a difficult enterprise that can take years, and sometimes decades, of work. Individuals often work in a number of legal roles before they work as a high court judge, and they're carefully tested and observed before they're given the important position of judge. Although some people may not want the role of high court judge, some barristers may get "tapped on the shoulder" and promoted to the role.
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Things you need
- Legal degree
Earn your legal degree in England and then become a member of the legal profession. You'll need to pass a test to become a barrister, the English version of a lawyer. These people may also be called solicitors, depending on rank in the court system.
Apply to work as a recorder, which is a part-time, fee-based judge in the English legal system. These lower-end judge positions allow you to work other jobs, and they add credibility to your resume
Apply for work as a high court judge. You must be an individual in good standing in the legal profession (no misconduct and with a good reputation among your colleagues). Experience in a judge's position is also helpful. If there is an open position and the lord judge believes that you're a good fit for the position, you can be promoted to become a high court judge.
Tips and warnings
- Some barristers or solicitors with judging experience may be promoted to high court judge whether they want the position or not. This is a concern among some barristers who view the pay cut taken to become a judge as a major blow.
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