A quick postscript Monday’s post on the following documents drawn to my attention by a kind reader.
A Ministry of Justice Evidence Pack on Judicial Pay 2022/23 dating February this year appears to assume salaried judges cannot return to private practice:
Salaried judges are unique in public service in that they are unable to return to private
practice after becoming judges. Entering salaried judicial office is, in effect, a ‘one-way
street’. As the SSRB have previously noted, this convention has compounded the negative
impact that previous pension changes had on judicial remuneration and, by extension, on
judicial morale. Annex D provides a comparison with pre-appointment salaries.
And a report in 2018 to the Senior Salaries Review Board by two academics proceeded on the assumption that judges regarded full-time appointments as irreversible. These, especially the latter, would both suggest the convention has not been formally reconsidered (interestingly, the latter report suggested it should be).