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Be part of the MA 221 Photographic Gallery

Project aims to show the full diversity of magistrates

02 November 2021



Being a magistrate is one of the most significant volunteering roles that someone can hold within their community.  From an idea developed by the MA’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Group, the MA is going to produce a visual gallery of 221 photographs showing the full diversity of magistrates. This photographic gallery aims to celebrate your commitment, our diversity, and to remind ourselves (if we ever needed reminding) that we should rightfully be proud of our role, in what we give back to our communities.

To accompany the photos, we are asking magistrates to choose one word, which they feel reflects something about them, that resonates with their life experience and perspectives, this will be accompanied by a very short sentence to explain their choice of word.

It is hoped that this imaginative initiative will capture and enthuse you as magistrates and that you will want to be part of this photographic gallery. We want the images to reflect the diverse faces of magistrates: that is by age, gender, race/ethnicity, sex/sexual orientation, disability, religion/belief, occupation etc. Whilst some characteristics may not be visually evident, it is envisaged that the contributor’s chosen word and sentence will capture their beliefs, values, and culture.

The message from the photographic gallery will be – whoever, you are, you could become a magistrate. From the sea of faces, it is hoped that individuals will identify with someone who looks, or sounds like them.

If you would like to be part of this initiative we require the following:

  1. Send us an email of consent, that is, confirming that you agree that the Magistrates' Association and other agreed allies working with the MA* can use your image in promotional activities. The *allies identified include Operation Black Vote and our work with the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and his colleagues who are all working towards the recruitment of a diverse magistracy.

  2. We need you to submit a high quality colour or black and white photograph of yourself (either passport size, or something which could be ‘cropped’ to fit.

We need you to identify one word that resonates with you, for example: ‘Proud’ and in a very short sentence, maximum 10 wordstell us why you chose that word.

  1. Your email of consent as well as your photograph, ‘word’ and short sentence should be sent to with the title ‘Photographic Gallery’.

Please note, the quality of your photograph will be a key deciding factor as to whether we use your photo. 

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