The employment tribunal has ruled that circuit judges who regularly act up in the High Court should be treated as part-time workers and paid the equivalent of full-time High Court judges’ wages.
An employment tribunal has ruled that four judges who acted up but were not paid any extra were treated less favourably than full-time colleagues.
The judge said the judges should be treated as part-time workers when they ‘sit up’ [sit at a higher level than they are paid to do] and would therefore legally not be allowed to be treated less favourably than their full-time equivalents.
The tribunal heard that the Ministry of Justice did not seem to have reviewed its pay policies in light of the Part-Time Worker Regulations 1998.
Most of the judges are circuit judges or senior circuit judges who regularly sit at High Courts for no additional pay, in large part due to the shortage of High Court judges. Their legal firm, Leigh Day, argued that when they do so they are effectively part-time workers and that the work they do has become increasingly complex.