District Judges undertake most of the civil work of the courts, and fall into two catagories: those that sit in the County Courts (and were previously known as County Court Registrars), and those that sit in the Magistrates' Courts (and were previously known as Stipendiary Magistrates). The senior District Judge is also known as the Chief Magistrate.
How to Address a District Judge
The recommended judicial and social styles of address are as follows:
|Beginning of letter||Dear Judge or Dear Sir/Madam|
|End of letter||Yours faithfully|
|Envelope||District Judge Phllips|
|Envelope (if a knight)||District Judge Sir John Phillips (formal)|
|Envelope (if a Dame)||District Judge Dame Elizabeth Phllips (formal)|
|Envelope (social)||District Judge Phllips|
|Verbal address (on the Bench)||Sir/Madam|
|Verbal address (social)||Judge Phllips or according to title|
On retirement, District Judges are not referred to by any judicial title and revert to Mr, Mrs, Mrs or Ms.