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

Contact: 

Bea Crayford, Media and Communications Officer

Out-of-hours contact:

Jon Collins, Chief Executive

  • mobile: 07968 493 098

MA’s recent media appearances

November 2020

  • Bev Higgs JP spoke to BBC Wales about recruitment and diversity
  • Bev Higgs JP commented on community sentences being undertaken from home during the Covid-19 pandemic in The Times and on Yahoo Finance

October 2020

  • John Bache JP was interviewed by BBC North West on recruitment and diversity
  • The MA was mentioned on the BBC Asian Network on recruitment and diversity
  • Jon Collins was quoted in The Daily Mail on driving bans and exceptional hardship
  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Evening Standard on young defendants turning 18 before appearing in court

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

  • John Bache JP was interviewed by The Times on retirement age, the court backlog and advocacy in the youth court
  • Jon Collins was quoted in the Daily Telegraph on reducing the court backlog
  • John Bache JP spoke about the court backlog and the possibility of extending court hours in the Law Society Gazette
  • Val Castell JP appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to talk about the issue of remand 
  • Jon Collins was quoted in The Sunday Times on the use of remote hearings
  • John Bache JP's reaction to the Justice Select Committee's report on the impact of coronavirus on the courts was quoted in The Independent
  • Bev Higgs JP was interviewed by Times Radio about the court backlog

June 2020

  • John Bache JP had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph on the urgent need to address the backlog of cases in court
  • John Bache JP was quoted in The Times on delays in the justice system
  • John Bache JP had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph on delays in the youth justice system
  • The Magistrate Association's 2019 report on disproportionality in the justice system was referred to by Lawyer Monthly

May 2020

  • John Bache JP's oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the impact of coronavirus was quoted in The Guardian and The Financial Times
  • John Bache JP was quoted in The Independent on the use of remote hearings
  • John Bache JP had an article published in The Times calling for the sentencing powers of magistrates to be increased
  • Jon Collins was quoted in the Daily Telegraph on the possibility of increasing the sentencing powers of magistrates
  • John Bache JP was quoted on Sky News on increasing the retirement age for magistrates
  • John Bache JP was quoted on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk on the impact of coronavirus on the courts and the backlog of cases

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

  • John Bache JP had a letter published in The Guardian about the importance of having a diverse magsitracy
  • John Bache JP spoke to BBC Radio Kent about driving bans and the use of 'exceptional hardship'
  • John Bache JP had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph about the importance of scrutiny panels in relation to out-of-court disposals

December 2019

  • MA Trustee Jacqui MacDonald-Davis JP and former magistrate Katharine McMahon took part in a roundtable on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour celebrating the centenary of The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act

 

 

 

Previous media appearances can be accessed by request.