MA in the News

The MA can be contacted for comment on news stories relevant to the work of magistrates in criminal and civil matters, the Magistrates Association and criminal justice in general


The MA's press office can offer: 

  • Expert spokesmen from the MA
  • Relevant and up-to-date information regarding the magistracy
  • Out-of-hours media enquiries 
  • The use of MA logos, research materials and images


Bea Crayford, Media and Communications Officer

Out-of-hours contact:

Jon Collins, Chief Executive

  • mobile: 07968 493 098

MA’s recent media appearances

December 2019

  • MA Trustee Jacqui MacDonald-Davis JP and former magistrate Katharine McMahon took part in a roundtable on Woman's Hour celebrating the centenary of The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act


November 2019

  • Jon Collins was interviewed on court reform on LBC News
  • John Bache JP spoke to Law in Action about the magistracy
  • John Bache JP was quoted in The Guardian in their series on youth justice


October 2019

  • John Bache JP was quoted in The Guardian on court closures
  • John Bache JP was quoted in The Law Society Gazette on magistrates’ sentencing powers
  • The MA’s concern about court closures was represented in The Law Society Gazette
  • The MA’s views on recruitment to the magistracy were quoted in The Times
  • John Bache JP had a letter published in The Times on the issue of salaried magistrates and training
  • In a special article in The Guardian, the MA expressed concerns over consistency with regards to the use of section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act in relation to county lines activity


September 2019

  • Magistrates in the Community who re-enacted Victorian-era trials received coverage in the South Wales Argus
  • Bev Higgs JP was interviewed on BBC Radio Essex about interpreters in court
  • The MA’s response to the new sentencing guidelines for assaults on emergency workers was mentioned in Police Oracle
  • John Bache JP was quoted on court reform in The Guardian
  • The MA’s response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report on children whose mothers are in prison was reported in the Law Society Gazette and the Solicitors Journal
  • John Bache JP was quoted on the Single Justice Procedure on Rights Info


Previous media appearances can be accessed by request.