The Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals have announced that employment judges and judges sitting in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) should now be addressed in hearings as ‘Judge’ rather than ‘Sir/Madam’.
The formal announcement confirms that the change in address involves modern and simple terminology, reflecting the important judicial role whilst maintaining the necessary degree of respect. It is also anticipated that the change in language will assist litigants in person involved in tribunal proceedings.
The change does not impact judicial titles, only the mode of address for judges during hearings. Non-legal members of the tribunal should continue to be addressed as ‘Sir/Madam’.