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where they work
What do they do?
A judge presides over legal disputes in courts or in hearings, ruling on matters of law and giving judgements.
Cases involving intellectual property would almost never be heard in front of a jury (as they rarely involve criminality). This means the judge is often the sole person to interpret to law and decide in favour of one side or another, based on the arguments that have been presented to her/him.
You only get to be a judge after years of successful experience as a senior barrister or solicitor and, even then, there are only a few openings each year – particularly for judges who specialise in intellectual property.
Judges tend not to specialise so much and they might ‘hear’ a variety of general law cases. Judges can be part-time or full-time and can sit in a variety of different kinds of courts. For instance, there are considerably more openings for appointments as District Judges, Circuit Judges and junior judges in the High Court known as Masters.