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

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

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.

 
 

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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