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Judge Advocate General

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL15406, tabled on 29 April 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Judge Advocates sit in civilian courts; and how many are licensed to try (1) murder, and (2) rape cases.

Answered on

14 May 2019

All six currently serving Judge Advocates are eligible to sit in the Crown Court and do so regularly. The Judge Advocate General is a Senior Circuit Judge and the Vice-Judge Advocate General and one Assistant-Judge Advocate General also hold appointments as Recorders. The other three Assistant-Judge Advocate Generals are entitled to sit under the Armed Forces Act 2011 s26.

The Judge Advocate General is ticketed to try murder cases in the Crown Court. The Judge Advocate General, the Vice-Judge Advocate General and one Assistant-Judge Advocate General are ticketed to try rape cases.

Judge Advocates attend the same training as a Circuit Judge sitting in the Crown Court.