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MA's members agree AGM motion on the costs of volunteering

Motion calls on Judicial Office and HMCTS to agree to the principle that it 'shouldn't cost to be a magistrate'


19 October 2021
MA's members agree AGM motion on the costs of volunteering

 

The Magistrates' Association AGM has overwhelmingly backed a motion calling on the Judicial Office and HMCTS to commit to the principle that it shouldn't cost magistrates to volunteer. The motion reads:

“The MA does not believe it should cost magistrates to volunteer.  Recent events such as the MOJ Expenses Review and the measures taken to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic have brought into stark relief the costs of being a magistrate.   The MA believes this is counter-productive with the aim of having a more inclusive and diverse magistracy.  

The MA calls upon the Judicial Office and HMCTS to commit to this principle, and to take steps to remove those costs. The MA believes this would represent a big step forward in making volunteering for the magistracy more attractive to those with limited financial means.”

The MA will be campaign for this to be adopted by the Judicial Office and HMCTS over the coming year. A recording of the debate will be available shortly.

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