The UKAFPJ (formerly the UKAPTJ) seeks to bring together and represent the interests of all fee-paid members of the judiciary in the United Kingdom. It is still an unofficial association but has recently been admitted to the Judges' Council on a trial basis.
Its aims are to promote greater understanding and better resolution of issues facing fee paid judges, and in particular:
• 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 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 would like to apply to join, membership is £50 per annum, and you can apply by visiting our main website, the address for which is below, and clicking on 'Register'. You will then be taken to a page with full details of how to apply and pay your membership subscription.