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Education Programmes

Court Marshalling Schemes 

Birkenhead County Court 

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Birkenhead County Court Marshalling Scheme is run by the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division on behalf of Birkenhead County Court. The eligibility criteria is set by the County Court. 

Process

The County Court is willing to accept students to marshal at the County Court on a rotational basis every 3 weeks, in accordance with the criteria set out in this document. The Merseyside JLD will select the students based on their eligibility criteria and application form. 

The dates are as follows:

o    Applications Open – 16 October

o    Applications Close – 25 October

o    Sitting with Court – weeks commencing 1/11 up until 14 February 2024.  

 

Students will marshal on Wednesday mornings every week for a period of 3 weeks. Attendance will be between 9:30 and 9:45 on the 4th floor at The County Court and The Family Court, 76 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5EN.

 

The start and end dates for the scheme for each student will be negotiated with the MJLD and with DJ Shirley Hennessy. 

Career Criteria

The scheme is appropriate for those wishing to pursue a career at the Bar or as a Solicitor. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in advocacy and public speaking. They will also demonstrate an interest in Civil and Family law. 

QEII Liverpool 

The Queen Elizabeth II Crown Court Marshalling Scheme is run by the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division on behalf of Liverpool Crown Court. The eligibility criteria is strict and set by the Crown Court. Please do not apply if you do not meet the criteria, particularly the requirement that you are a 3rd year law student or a GDL/CPE student.

Process

Each term, the Crown Court is willing to accept 3 students to marshal at Liverpool Crown Court in accordance with the criteria set out in this document. The Merseyside JLD will apply the criteria to applicants and nominate them to HHJ Woodhall. 

The dates are as follows:

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    • Applications Open – 16 October 2023

    •  Applications Close – 25 October 2023

    •  Sitting with Court – TBC, however the scheme will run from the 1 November and continue weekly (each student will be allocated a different week and to attend court for 3 days in their allocated week). 

 

The successful candidates will marshal 3 days in 1 week. The dates will be negotiated with the MJLD and with HHJ Woodhall.

Career Criteria

 

The scheme is appropriate for those wishing to pursue a career at the criminal bar. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in advocacy and public speaking. They will also demonstrate an interest in criminal law and the criminal justice system.

Liverpool Family Court

The Family Court Marshalling Scheme is run by the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division on behalf of the Family Court in Liverpool. Please do not apply if you do not meet the criteria, particularly the requirement that you are a 3rd year law student or a GDL/CPE student.

Process

Each term, the Family Court is willing to accept 3 students to marshal in accordance with the criteria set out in this document. The Merseyside JLD will apply the criteria to applicants and nominate them to HHJ Reaney. 

The dates are as follows:

o    Applications Open – 16 October 2023 

o    Applications Close – 25 October 2023  

o    Sitting with Court for Autumn term – dates TBC between the successful applicant, MJLD and HHJ Reaney. 

 

The successful candidates will marshal for one day with the Court. The dates will be negotiated with the MJLD and with HHJ Reaney.

 

Career Criteria

The scheme is appropriate for those wishing to pursue a career in Family law. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in advocacy and public speaking

Academic Criteria

This scheme is open to second and third year undergraduate students, LPC/BPTC students and Paralegals. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and that they have obtained a 2:1 degree classification or higher or that they are on course for a 2:1 degree. This applies to both those students who have studied or are studying law as undergraduates and those who did not study law.

Please note that we will also consider applications from candidates who, due to exceptional circumstances, have not obtained or been predicted a 2:1 classification degree or higher. In this case, we ask the candidate to state the relevant circumstance(s) in their application so that the same may be considered.

How to apply and closing date

Applications must be sent to faye.morris@weightmans.com / zkiszko@jacksonlees.co.uk

Applications must be received no later than 6pm on the date applications close. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered. Applications submitted outside of the application period will be returned with advice to resubmit in the next application period.

Queries

 

Any queries regarding the scheme must be submitted to Faye Morris or Zita Kiszko.   

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