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The Marshalling Scheme will facilitate contact between you and a judge and enable you to accompany a judge to court. Through face-to-face interaction with a judge, you will gain an insight into the role of the judiciary, court procedure and different styles of advocacy.

Marshalling gave me a unique insight into the profession.

The scheme will prioritise:

  • Current Bar Course students who have not previously marshalled
  • Called Members seeking pupillage who have not previously marshalled

Other Members can apply but will not be prioritised. If you have previously marshalled elsewhere, you can still apply but you will not be prioritised.

Allocating a judge

This is a popular scheme. We aim to pair all prioritised members within two terms of their application.

This scheme guarantees one day of marshalling. Depending on circumstances, a judge may offer additional days, but this is always at the judge’s discretion and should not be expected.

We will principally allocate you to a judge based on your preferred location(s). Where meeting a specific location is not possible, we will endeavour to reduce travel time as much as possible. Additionally, your practice area preferences will be met where possible, but this is not guaranteed.

We will not allocate you a specific date; we will allocate you based on the judicial terms you are available. The specific date and time will be arranged between you and your judge.

Read guidance on how to address the judge you are allocated to (external).


Applications are currently closed.

Gray’s Inn Members can apply during the application periods listed below.  You cannot apply more than once.

Marshalling application periods:

Trinity: 6 May – 3 June 2024

Michaelmas: September – October (application dates TBC)

Hilary: December – January (application dates TBC)

Easter: March – April (application dates TBC)

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