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One-minute survey: Does judicial recruitment need a shake-up?

Max Walters, London

Managing IP is seeking your views on how adequate your IP judicial system is, from recruitment to retention and quality of judgments


You can take our survey here.

The England and Wales High Court is in need of IP specialist judges. But with the courts facing a wider recruitment issue, filling the gap is not easy.

Factors including pay and changes to pension arrangements mean there is a lack of candidates who want to become a judge. The UK’s Ministry of Justice has itself cited “very strong evidence” for recruitment difficulties in the High Court.

To delve deeper into the problem, we want to gain insight into the situation across Europe. We want to know how effective your judicial recruitment system is, whether the courts are adequately prepared to deal with IP cases, and whether courts in England and Wales could learn anything from their counterparts in Europe and vice versa.

The survey should take no longer than one minute to complete.

To help us prepare a more tightly-focussed report, this survey applies only to readers in the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Your responses will be incorporated into our wider report on judicial recruitment.

The results will be anonymous. If you would like to discuss your thoughts in more detail, please contact Max Walters at

Don’t miss the chance to have your say.


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