The way judges are to be addressed in certain courts and tribunals is changing, according to a message released at the start of December by the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals.
The use of the term “Judge” is not new but there has been an alternative, which is to address the individuals as “Sir” or (as the case may be) “Madam”. The Sir/Madam option is now being dropped.
The change applies, with immediate effect, to a number of court and tribunal hearings, including both the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.
A full list of ways to address members of the judiciary (both in court and in correspondence) is available at https://www.judiciary.uk/guidance-and-resources/what-do-i-call-a-judge/ (“What do I call a judge?).
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