Who we are

 

The UKAFPJ is an association of fee-paid judicial office holders who sit in the courts on a part-time basis.  We are represented on the Judges’ Council and the Judicial Ways of Working Group.

The Association (formerly the UKAPTJ) was founded in 2014 and seeks to bring together and represent the interests of all fee-paid members of the judiciary in the United Kingdom. 

Its aims are to promote greater understanding and better resolution of issues facing fee-paid judges, and in particular to:

• Encourage co-operation and collaboration among fee-paid judges;

• Contribute to the understanding and resolution of legal issues and working practices facing fee-paid judges;

• Increase understanding of the broad range of social, economic, psychological and cultural factors that influence fee-paid judges and their appointments and careers in the court system;

• Increase understanding about fee-paid judges, their numbers, the processes by which they are selected, the barriers which may interfere with their selection and career progression with a view to achieving a judiciary which more accurately reflects the population it serves; and

• Increase understanding of the role of the judiciary and to promote and protect the rights of fee-paid judges; and
to respond to relevant consultations affecting fee paid judges.

If you are a fee-paid judicial office holder and would like to become a Member, you can join via this website by going to

https://www.ukaptj.co.uk/register/

The current membership fee is just £25 per annum.

The UKAFPJ provides information and assistance for those sitting as a fee-paid Judge and maintains a database of key documents in the private Members’ area of this website.

This includes, for example, a list of key contact points for Fee Paid Judges in our Members’ Area, including Digital Support Officers, identified for each court building in the country by use of a digital map.

We also issue regular newsletters regarding developments affecting fee-paid judges.

In addition, there is a forum for Members available on the closed area of this website.

For example, we have contributed to the following consultations:-

  • Briggs LJ review of civil courts
  • Justice – delivering justice in an age of austerity
  • Mackenzie Friends
  • Court estate consultation
  • Court fees increases consultation
  • Fee Paid Judges’ Pension Regulations Consultation
  • Transforming our Justice System
  • Fee Paid Judges Terms and Conditions
  • Civil Justice Council ADR consultation
  • Pay and Conditions Review
  • Flexible Operating Hours Pilot