Helpline launches for stressed judges

Judges suffering from stress will be able to ring a special helpline for practical and emotional support from April.

Trained personnel will be on the other end of the helpline to offer advice and support to judges at all levels. The plan is to first run the helpline as a pilot scheme and then develop more permanent welfare support arrangements for the future.

The move follows the publication last year of a report by the Judges’ Council into the†health and welfare needs of the judiciary which was submitted to the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Delivering the Judicial Studies Board annual lecture, Constitutional Reform: One Year On, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, said: "Judging is necessarily a solitary task, and can be lonely. It contrasts with the teamwork involved in the administrative duties that so many of us now shoulder."