Bar Council Advice on Judicial Bullying

Bar Council Advice on Judicial Bullying

The Bar Council have produced guidance for barristers on the problem of being bullied by judges.

In the statement they say that bullying of barristers is always unacceptable but that when the bullying is by a judge it presents additional challenges.

The Bar Council state that detailed guidance and support for those who are the target or subject of bullying (as well as harassment and discrimination) is available in two main ways:

  • Online at the Bar’s Wellbeing at the Bar website – https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/problems/bullying-barristers/; and
  • By email or over the telephone, through the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity (E&D)
    helpline (contact details at https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/equalityand-diversity/equality-and-diversity-helpline/ or call 0207 611 1426).

The Bar Council state that the online materials should be the first port of call and that barristers can find the specific guidance by expanding the “How to deal with judicial bullying” and “Judicial Complaints and Investigations Office” boxes on the page reached from the Wellbeing at the Bar link set out above.

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