Information on how many Recorders have sat to hear cases in each year has only been held centrally since 2017/18. The below table, however, sets out the number of Recorders in post at 1st April of each year since 2010. We expect Recorders in post to have been offered the opportunity to sit.
Number of Recorders1
1 Figures are at 1st April of each year.
Some Recorders hold more than one judicial appointment. In such cases, the appointment that the judicial office holder undertakes for the majority of their time is known as their primary appointment. In order to avoid double counting of judges, this table shows figures for primary appointments only and as such will not count judges whose appointment as a Recorder is not their primary appointment.
Figures are from the published Judicial Diversity Statistics which can be found here: https://www.judiciary.uk/publication-type/statistics/
Recorders sit mainly in the Crown, County and Family Courts. Figures on court sitting days are published on Gov.uk and the latest information covering 2018 is available here. It is part of the Royal Courts of Justice Annual Tables (which contain at Tables 5.1 and 5.2 a breakdown of sitting days by type of work and level of judge): https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-justice-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2019. This information covers both England and Wales and is published annually.