Barristers and judges


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Job holders in this unit group prepare and conduct court cases on behalf of clients, preside over judicial proceedings, and pronounce judgements within a variety of court settings and tribunals.


Entry to training requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Entrants then undertake a one year Bar Vocational Course followed by pupillage in one of the Inns of Court. The system for training of advocates in Scotland requires a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice followed by two years’ training as a solicitor. The position of judge is obtained by appointment of those who have substantial post-qualifying experience in legal practice.

Typical tasks

  • becomes acquainted with the facts of a case through reading statements, law reports, and consulting with clients or other professionals;
  • advises client on the basis of legal knowledge, research and past precedent as to whether to proceed with legal action;
  • drafts pleadings and questions in preparation for court cases, appears in court to present evidence to the judge and jury, cross examines witnesses and sums up why the court should decide in their client’s favour;
  • hears, reads and evaluates evidence, and instructs or advises the jury on points of law or procedure;
  • conducts trials according to rules of procedure, announces the verdict and passes sentence and/or awards costs and damages.

Common job titles

Justice of the Peace
Judge, district
Prosecutor, Crown
Registrar, court, county
Referee, official (legal services)
Member of the Inner Temple
Advocate, crown
Queen's Counsel
Procurator fiscal
Writer to the Signet
Master (high courts)
Judge (legal services)
Counsel, Queen's
Registrar, probate
Sheriff (Scottish Courts)
Judge, circuit
Solicitor of the Supreme Court
Advocate, legal
Clerk, sheriff
Recorder (legal services)
Registrar (legal services)
Sheriff-substitute (Scottish Courts)

Education background

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