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Before you apply
Before applying to become a magistrate:
- Check your eligibility—you don’t need specific qualifications to apply, but some occupations make you ineligible to sit as a magistrate.
- Observe proceedings in a magistrates’ court at least twice to check if the role is right for you—you’ll be asked about these visits if you’re interviewed. You can find your nearest court here. If you’re interested in being a family court magistrate you’ll need to read up on the types of cases they hear as family courts proceedings take place in private.
- Ask your employer for a reference confirming they’re happy for you to volunteer as a magistrate.
Read about why some of our members chose to become magistrates.
Applying to be a magistrate
If you’re successful at this stage of the process, you’ll be invited for an interview that will explore your motivations, your commitment and your good character.
I can be a magistrate provides detailed information to support you through the application process.
What happens next
If your interview goes well, you’ll be offered the role. Magistrates are expected to commit to a minimum of 13 days (26 half days) a year for a minimum of five years’ service.