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:

Mark Beattie JP, Interim Chief Executive

  • mobile: 07733 001 661

MA’s recent media appearances

February 2021

  • Jon Collins was quoted in The Times on extending court operating hours
  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Times on the single justice procedure
  • The launch of the MA's LGBT+ Special Interest Group was featured in an article by the Law Society Gazette

January 2021

  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Times about extending the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts and the need for defendants who turn 18 before their case comes to court to have their case heard in the youth court
  • Bev Higgs JP had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph about the MA's concerns about serious violence reduction orders
  • Jon Collins was quoted in the Daily Telegraph and Scottish Legal News on raising the retirement age for magistrates
  • Bev Higgs JP had a letter published in the Sunday Times on extending the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts

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

Previous media appearances can be accessed by request.

 
 

MA in the media


18 August 2020
MA in the media

The Independent quoted MA National Chair John Bache’s response to the Justice Select Committee’s report on the impact of Covid-19 on the courts. John echoed the report’s concerns about the impact of video technology on fair participation, adding that ‘We have long argued that remote hearings should not be used for vulnerable defendants’. In the Sunday Times, MA Chief Executive Jon Collins explained that some defendants might not understand proceedings if in a different room, and that there are concerns that witnesses or alleged victims could be ‘coached’ to give false testimony if participating remotely.

MA Deputy Chair Bev Higgs was interviewed by Times Radio about the court backlog, where she spoke about the challenges posed by Covid-19 and how the reduction of the court estate in recent years had placed the courts under pressure. She also explained some of the benefits of being a magistrate and encouraged listeners to apply.

John Bache and MA trustee Jacqui MacDonald-Davis were interviewed about the importance of judicial diversity. The interview appeared in the Daily Telegraph as well as several local news outlets. Jacqui spoke about her own experience of becoming a magistrate, explaining: ‘I recognised that I was in the minority’ but that she asked herself ‘What are you going to do about it?’ Speaking about the importance of young and BAME people applying to the magistracy particularly in the light of the recent Black Lives Matter Movement, she said: ‘It is about being involved. No longer standing on the sideline and shouting in’. Part of that process, she added, is saying ‘I should become a magistrate’.

John explained that ‘Diversity is really, really important’ and that the magistracy must reflect the community it serves as a vital part of engendering trust. ‘If you think are not the sort of person that can become a magistrate then you are exactly the sort of person that we want’, he added.  Jacqui was additionally interviewed by Channel 5 News and John Bache appeared on Bloomberg Radio to further discuss the importance of a diverse magistracy.

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