New course about the judiciary

'The modern judiciary: who they are, what they do and why it matters' is the title of an aptly-timed free online educational course announced today by the Judiciary of England and Wales. The 'massive online open course' developed with King’s College London, aims to...

Committee changes

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Smith, our membership secretary, has been appointed as a salaried District Judge. Accordingly, she leaves both the Committee and the Association itself. She has long been involved in the Association, is a former Chair of it, and...

Court closures

The guardian reports- Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation schemethat is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed. HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is three years into a £1bn programme of...

Cancellations – will they end?

Zero-hours and "gig economy" workers who have shifts cancelled at short notice could be paid compensation under new government plans. The proposal is part of a package of measures aimed at improving the rights of low-paid flexible workers. Under the proposals, they...

Autumn Social Evenings

Please find attached details of a series of nationwide social evenings! Supper flyer copy UKAFPJ - Social Evenings A series of early evening social events across the regions – 6pm for 6.30pm. - To enable part-time judges of all sorts to mix in a relaxed way, discuss...

Consultation on family law backlog

McFarlane unveils action plan for ‘unsustainable’ volume of family cases Judges could be told to get tougher on making sure parents attend mediation as part of a raft of emergency measures to stop the family justice system collapsing. Sir Andrew McFarlane, president...

UK association of women judges conference 8 November

Conference “Migration, Slavery and the Law” PARK REGIS HOTEL 160 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DT Friday, 8 November 2019   Programme 09:30 – 10:00​​Registration and refreshments 10:00 - 10:15 ​Sarah Asplin, Vice-President of the UKAWJ -opening remarks and...

Midlands Circuit 9 July 100 years of women in the law

TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN LAW 1 YEAR OF MIDLAND CIRCUIT WOMEN’S FORUM! Celebrate our First Anniversary with us! Tuesday 9th July, 2019 5.30pm-8pm St Philips Chambers, Birmingham With inspirational speakers The Hon. Mrs Justice Carr DBE, Presiding Judge of the...

Guardian article about recorders

Junior judges are being put on what are in effect zero-hours contracts as the criminal justice system succumbs to a fresh round of austerity and courtrooms are closed down, lawyers are warning. Working days for recorders – part-time judges who are usually experienced...