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The MA is currently recruiting to two roles, a Research Officer and a Policy and Research Officer.

Research Officer

The MA is recruiting a Research Officer to play a leading role in an exciting new project exploring the impact of an offender's level of maturity in magistrates’ courts.

Sentencing guidelines for adult criminal court include ‘Age and/or lack of maturity’ as a potential mitigating factor. However, previous research has indicated that magistrates would welcome more training on the issue of maturity and how it should be taken into account when sentencing. This research project will provide an evidence base for the production of relevant training materials.

The research will look at magistrates’ understanding of maturity, what information they receive in relation to whether a lack of maturity is a factor in any case, and how any information provided influences sentencing decisions. The research will involve surveying magistrates and carrying out three focus groups to discuss sentencing decisions, and holding a roundtable event with stakeholders who work in probation. The Research Officer will also carry out a literature review of existing research and relevant case law.

We are looking for a researcher with excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills, project management experience and the ability to produce a clear research report, as well as the ability to work to tight deadlines and to organise and prioritise your own workload.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Thursday 13 June 2019.

For more information on the post please click here and you can download an application form here.

Policy and Research Officer

The MA is recruiting a Policy and Research Officer to play a central role in the delivery of our ambitious programme of policy work.

Our policy work engages key stakeholders from across the justice system, covering a wide range of issues such as the future of the court estate, litigants in person, the digitisation of courts and disproportionality in the criminal justice system.The MA is looking for a dynamic individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment to contribute to this important work. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in our policy work, working with our policy committees to develop the MA’s policy positions and ensure that the MA continues to inform and influence the policy agenda.

This role requires the ability to assimilate and understand complex information quickly and explain complex issues clearly. The capacity to manage a complex and demanding workload is essential, as are excellent interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail. Knowledge of the criminal or family justice system is a must.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

For more information on the post please click here and you can download an application form here.