Court roles


Barristers are specialists in advocacy and represent individuals or organisations in court. They are independent sources of legal advice and can advise clients on their case. A barrister pleads the case on behalf of their client and the client’s solicitor.

Chartered legal executive

A Chartered Legal Executive is a lawyer who has followed one of the prescribed routes to qualification set out by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The Crown Prosecution Service is the principal public prosecuting agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales.


A public officer appointed to decide cases in a law court.In the Family Court, District Judges hear most of the cases involving the division of family assets and, along with the Circuit Judges, they also hear the cases involving children. They preside over a wide a range of family and civil law cases such as divorces, child proceedings and domestic violence injunctions.

Local Authority

an administrative body in local government.


Also known as Justices of the Peace are 21,500 volunteer judicial office holders who serve in magistrates’ courts throughout England and Wales. Magistrates undergo specialist training before they sit in Family Proceedings

McKenzie Friend

A person who attends a trial as a non-professional helper or adviser to a litigant who does not have legal representation in court.


Solicitors provide advice and assistance on legal and commercial matters. They are instructed directly by clients and are typically the first point of contact for their clients. Most solicitors work in private practice and are employed by law firms.


A court usher’s tasks generally involve escorting participants to the courtroom, and seeing that they are suitably hydrated, as well as ensuring the secure transaction of legal documents within the courtroom and deciding the order of cases.