Magistrates are unpaid volunteer members of the judiciary, however allowances may be claimed for certain expense
Expenses can cover certain costs, including travel and subsistence where required.
It is expected that magistrates will commit to a minimum of 26 half-day sittings in court each year. The law requires employers to grant magistrates sufficient time off work to enable them to fulfil their magisterial duties; please check the Employment Rights Act to ensure you know your rights.
Magistrates who suffer a loss of earnings as a result of their duties can claim a loss allowance, usually at a set rate; evidence of financial loss must be provided before magistrates can make a claim.
Below you will see the rates of allowance for financial loss, travel and subsistence (as of May 2010). Please note that these are maximum figures.
(self employed justices)
Up to four hours
Over four hours
Allowance Rate in Pence per Mile
Up to 1100cc
1101 – 1549cc