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We exist to help the magistracy be its best for all of society

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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Learn about magistrates

Magistrates make many of the legal decisions in England and Wales.

Visit MA learn

We provide tools to develop magistrates’ knowledge and skills. Our member-only learning hub, MA learn, contains more than 150 high-quality resources.

Search our publications library

Browse our advocacy reports, briefing notes, consultation responses and position statements published to support our policy work.
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Get updates on news and influencing

We advocate on behalf of our members and inform others about the vital role of the magistracy.

Get involved

Attend an event, join a diversity and inclusion network, participate in our community outreach initiative, volunteer for us, recruit a new member or leave us a gift.
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Get support

We provide peer support when being a magistrate feels tough.

Upcoming events

Royal Garden Party reception – 21 May


Join us at our offices in St George's Wharf, for the Royal Garden Party reception on 21 May 2024. This event is exclusively for members who have Royal Garden Party tickets. Please do not book on to this event unless you have a ticket.
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Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTRs)

Join us for an insightful event hosted by Revolving Doors. We will discuss the impact of Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTRs) from the perspective of those with lived experience of the criminal justice system, how MHTRs address the root causes, and also how they avoid the negative effects of prison sentences.
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Policy Question Time

MA committees are made up of experienced magistrates who steer research, development, and implementation of policy in their specialist areas. Our committees are a core part of how the MA functions. This is now your chance to ask our policy committee chairs and deputies anything you want on MA policies and the policy-making process. Register for this event now and submit questions to our committee chairs via the registration form.

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.


new learning hub with 120 top-notch resources launched


webinars on topics from domestic abuse to community sentencing held


consultation responses and two advocacy reports published


parliamentary committee appearances completed


meetings with ministers held to influence on behalf of our members


issues of Magistrate magazine published


pieces of digital, print and broadcast media coverage landed


website visitors secured


people reached on LinkedIn


people reached on X (formerly Twitter)


new support line manned by experienced magistrates launched


workshops for new magistrates held


members welcomed at our annual conference and awards ceremony


of our members said they would recommend MA membership to others


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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  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association responds to Operation Early Dawn

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New materials to help you promote the MA

The text reads: Mental Health Awareness Week, 13-19 May 2024
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Tips for magistrates to support their mental wellbeing

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  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: May 2024