Varatuomari (lit. 'vice-judge' or 'reserve judge; Swedish
: ''vicehäradshövding''), or Master of Laws with court training, is a Finnish
legal title for a qualified lawyer who has been trained on the bench
and is equipped to appear before a court.
The title is granted by the Judicial Training Board,
following the completion of a Master's degree in law
and a one-year court
training period as a Trainee District Judge in a District Court
, or partially in an Administrative Court
or a Court of Appeals
. The Board also carries out the centralised application procedure for court traineeships and selects and appoints Trainees to District Courts, Administrative Courts and Courts of Appeal, and grants the candidates who successfully complete the court traineeship the right to use the qualification of ‘judicial training’.
The title is not a formal requirement for public sector legal offices, but it remains a ''de facto
'' requirement when applying for the positions of e.g. judge
. In addition, it is recognised as a relevant qualification for appointments into senior police officer
Category:Professional certification in law