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

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

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.