The role of Junior
- The Junior of the Circuit is an official position that is held for twelve months.
- The Junior would have also served as the Second Assistant Junior and then the First Assistant Junior. Each post also held for twelve months.
- The year begins with the Heads of Bar Mess Chairs Dinner which the Junior helps the leader of the Circuit to organise. The Junior also attends at this dinner;
- Usually in February the Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture takes place. Again the Junior is asked to help organise and also to attend a dinner after the lecture;
- The Resident Judges Reception normally takes place in May. Again the Junior is asked to organise and ensure that written invites are sent to all Resident Judges on the SEC. The Junior along with other members of the Executive Committee would normally attend this event.
- Every year the Junior is involved with others in organising the SEC dinner. On average between 250 and 300 people attend at the dinner. The Junior is primarily responsible for arranging the seating plan and also making one of three speeches given on the night.
- In all of the above events, the Junior is assisted by both the First and Second Assistant Juniors to whom the junior is able to delegate work.
- Throughout the year South Eastern Committee meetings take place. The Junior is expected to take the minutes of these meetings (approximately one a month except during the Summer). The minutes are then sent to the Recorder for approval before dissemination to the members of the Circuit. The minutes of the Executive Committee meetings are taken by the first assistant junior.
The role of Recorder
- The Recorder is an elected officer of the Circuit who holds office for two years.
- The Recorder sets the Agendas for Committee and Executive Committee meetings and liaises with those who are reporting to the committees to ensure that appropriate material is available in advance of the meetings. The Recorder also invites guests to speak at those meetings and/or liaises with the guests, in the same way as with those submitting reports. The Recorder receives and amends the minutes of such meetings before they are submitted to the Leader for approval. The Recorder also receives notices of, and the minutes of, meetings of the Constituent Bar Messes and notices of, and results of, their elections.
- The Recorder has a supervisory role over Circuit business, in ensuring that the requirements of the Constitution are followed. Anyone disputing an interpretation of the Constitution, may raise the matter with the Leader, who may overrule the Recorder.
- The Recorder’s supervisory role extends to overseeing the organisation of various Circuit functions including, in recent years, the Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture, the Heads of Bar Mess Chairs Dinner, the Resident Judges Reception and the SEC annual dinner.
- The Recorder has the role of receiving proposals for Honorary Membership of the Circuit and applications for Judicial Membership of the Circuit.
- The Recorder supervises the election of Committee Members and receives nominations for the election of Officers of the Circuit, organises the election and, traditionally, presides at the meeting when the election takes place.