"Taking on unfamiliar tasks such as appraisal and training has been stimulating."
"There is increasing diversity in the judiciary. People are taking different routes through their careers."
"If you have a disability it is part of you but it doesn't have to define you."
"The role-play took me very much out of my comfort zone and gave a true account of how a tribunal should work"
"It has been a big change leaving my work in the NHS, but a very good one."
"My female partner is also a Circuit Judge. In my experience, I have found the bar and the judiciary to be extremely accepting of each of us."
"The interview is challenging. The questions are probing. However, the style and atmosphere is designed to put the candidate at ease."
"There is no reason why it should not be the norm for solicitors to become circuit judges."
"I enjoy the exposure I get to a much wider range of people and problems."
Judge Judith Gleeson says of her role as a Senior Immigration Judge: "It is a fascinating, wonderful job."
"It is a privilege to be a mover and shaker at the centre of things."
"Right now, I couldn't be happier! The atmosphere is supportive and collegiate and we get on well."
"The JAC does what it says on the tin, judges are now appointed solely on merit."
"What made a huge difference for me was the shadowing. I think that having some degree of court sense is helpful for the qualifying test too."
"The 20 days a year that I sit are one of the most enjoyable parts of my professional life."
"In the period leading up to my interview, I read through whole cases relating to work I was doing"
For the application form itself, I used as many practical examples as I could..."
"I was unsuccessful in 2009 but was encouraged by solicitors and barristers who had been through this very competitive process to try again."
"LGBT individuals should definitely feel able to apply for judicial roles if they are interested in becoming a judge."
"My advice is to be honest with your firm about your motivations for being a Judge."
"No one who is LGBT should feel held back due to a misconception about what the judiciary is like."
"It's important judicial work and - in human terms - really fascinating."
"I believe my firm was pleased to have someone with judicial experience."
"Your application needs to be supported with specific examples."
"I bring some common sense about farming situations to the tribunal."
"Being involved and promulgating best practice, is very rewarding."
"It is an interesting and beneficial way of using your skills."
Ray Singh, appointed a Recorder on the Northern Circuit in 2009, was only the second Asian solicitor to be appointed to the role.
"I wanted a different challenge"
"Having given advice for 20 years, I wanted a different role making the decisions."
"You have to be really hungry for the role."
"It's good to know you are providing a useful and impartial service."
"Joining the judiciary has been very positive."
"I started planning my move to become a judge three years ago."
"I come from Slough and I wasn't sure people like me became judges"
"For me, becoming a judge is more about vocation than ambition. It is a new way in which to contribute to the law."
"I am openly gay. I found the selection process and since appointment find the tribunal to be very inclusive."
"The key to a successful application for judicial office is preparation."
"Speaking to people who have been through the selection procedures before can be extremely helpful."
"If you decide to apply for a judicial post you need to give very careful thought to your application form."