Justice secretary moots part-time judges as means of diversifying bench By Margaret Taylor 22 November 2011 14:46 17 December 2015 14:08 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Lord Denning 22 November 2011 at 15:24 It is a good idea to expand part time judging to the higher courts. Where Ken goes wrong, however, is in saying that he will limit part time judges to 3 x 5 year terms. This will not encourage solicitors, who are more diverse, to apply. Once again, judges will come from the ranks of barristers. What is needed is a statutory right for solicitors to take time off work to be judges and not to be discriminated against at work, or even in breach of contract/partnership deed for doing so. Reply Link Anonymous 22 November 2011 at 16:26 Lord Denning has hit the nail on the head. If you want to encourage solicitors to apply for part-time judicial positions, you need to stop law firm partners/ senior managers with pound signs in their eyes from saying no because of the negative impact on the financial bottom line caused by the absence of senior fee-earners undertaking activities from which the firm can derive no income. Dare I say it, but firms need to follow (heaven forbid!) the Bar and regard the appointment of a partner to a part-time judicial post as a cause for celebration. If they do not, they are probably serving to stifle the judicial aspirations of people who could otherwise make an outstanding contribution to the judiciary. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.