The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals have announced a change to how Employment Judges should be addressed in various courts.
In Employment Tribunal hearings, the guidance states that Employment Judges should now simply be referred to as ‘Judge’. This represents a change from the previous practice adopted by most legal practitioners to refer to judges as ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’. It reflects a shift towards modern and simple terminology, and is also hoped to assist litigants in person to avoid confusion when addressing the Judge.
It is also worth noting that the guidance confirms that non-legal members sitting in Employment Tribunal Hearings should continue to be addressed as ‘Sir or Madam’.