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We're the only membership body and independent voice for magistrates. We promote the sound administration of the law, campaign on policy and practice relating to the magistracy, provide support and development guidance to magistrates, and inform the public about the magistracy and the justice system

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Branch members

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Upcoming events

  • Online

Contact centres and the updated protocol around supporting children in separated families

Elizabeth Coe, Chief Executive of the National Association of Child Contact Centres, joins us to talk about the updated protocol approved by the President of the Family Division. Elizabeth will talk about the crucial role that contact centres can play in supporting children when their parents are separating and answer questions from our members.
  • Online

Aggravated vehicle taking – sentencing guideline consultation with the Sentencing Council

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales is consulting on a package of motoring-related guidelines. These cover new and revised guidelines for: - aggravated vehicle taking offences - vehicle registration fraud - driver disqualification Various other minor amendments to guidelines are also being consulted on, some as the result of direct feedback from magistrates. The package follows up on motoring guidelines published last year, which covered offences like causing serious injury by careless driving, dangerous driving and drug driving. This session will be an opportunity to hear from about the proposed guidelines and the thinking behind them, to understand what’s changing from the existing guidelines, and to provide feedback based on your own experience of sentencing these sorts of cases. All are encouraged to contribute, either at the session itself or in writing afterwards to the consultation, which is open until 22 May.
  • Online

Centre for Women’s Justice

We will be joined by speakers from the Centre for Women's Justice to speak about their recently released films 'STOP CRIMINALISING SURVIVORS!' and discuss the criminalisation of survivors of domestic abuse.

Our year in numbers

Between July 2022 and June 2023, we've been busy influencing on behalf of and building opportunities for our members to learn, develop and connect.

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new learning hub with 120 top-notch resources launched

10

webinars on topics from domestic abuse to community sentencing held

11

consultation responses and two advocacy reports published

3

parliamentary committee appearances completed

5

meetings with ministers held to influence on behalf of our members

6

issues of Magistrate magazine published

316

pieces of digital, print and broadcast media coverage landed

178228

website visitors secured

95823

people reached on LinkedIn

421200

people reached on X (formerly Twitter)

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new support line manned by experienced magistrates launched

3

workshops for new magistrates held

200

members welcomed at our annual conference and awards ceremony

87%

of our members said they would recommend MA membership to others

87%

of our members said they think MA membership is good value for money

Become a member

As a member, you’ll get access to a wealth of benefits to assist you to be the best magistrate you can be, including:
  • A learning hub with 120 resources
  • Monthly webinars on topical issues
  • A support line run by versed magistrates
  • Engaging newsletters and magazines
  • Events where you can meet colleagues

Latest blogs and news

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  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Judicial Office asks magistrates to take part in diversity and inclusion research

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  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: February 2024

Mark Beattie JP, National Chair
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Things to look out for in 2024

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Guidance for branches on the 2024 general election and other elections