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.
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
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