New MA paper makes a splash MA research on the support employed magistrates require stimulates much-needed conversations 06 January 2022 Just before Christmas, we published a discussion paper highlighting five key challenges facing employed magistrates and proposing a package of measures to address these. Developed by our Young Magistrates Network based on data from focus groups and national-level surveys, the paper cautions that employed magistrates – who are often under 40 – are at risk of turning away from the crucial civic role if they are not better assisted to overcome these difficulties. With the Ministry of Justice, HM Courts & Tribunal Service and the Judicial Office about to launch a new campaign to recruit a more representative magistracy, this was particularly a timely publication. In addition to being featured in the Law Society Gazette, the paper also elicited invites for the MA to discuss its recommendations with Members of Parliament, the Magistrates’ Leadership Executive and Times Radio. We are delighted our paper has stimulated such an important conversation – in government and the media – and we hope it will lead to tangible changes for current and prospective employed magistrates. Watch this space for updates! In the meanwhile, why not: Read the paper Share it on Twitter Tell us what you think Check out the Law Society Gazette article Previous Article More support needed for employed magistrates, says the MA Next Article Magistrates' sentencing powers set to increase from six to 12 months Print Tags: Judicial engagement HMCTS MA research MA YMSIG Please login or register to post comments.