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The TRUNK December 2020

18 December 2020

MA BAME SIG executive elected

The elections for the MA BAME SIG executive ended at midnight on 13 December.

There were a number of passionate applications and a good voter turnout. We are now delighted to announce that the inaugural MA BAME SIG executive shall comprise:

  • Co-Chairs: Jacqui MacDonald-Davis and Doreen Huijssoon-Prescott
  • Deputy Chairs: Shereen Williams and Dawn Gibbons

Please join us in congratulating the newly elected executive.

If you have any queries about the BAME SIG, please email the executive directly on

Young Magistrates Special Interest Group (YMSIG) 2021 National Conference

We are pleased to announce that the next Young Magistrates Conference will take place on 13 February 2021. Our keynote speaker will be Lady Hale, former President of the UK Supreme Court, who will discuss her career and the importance of diversity in public life. Other speakers and sessions will be announced and event registration instructions will be publicised over the coming weeks.

The event will build on the success of this year's conference, which took place in February. You can find a summary of the previous event here.

You can find out more information about the YMSIG here.

MA Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

In order to participate in an MA SIG, you must complete the MA Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. If you have not already done so, please click here.

You are always able to update the form, so please do so if your circumstances have changed in any way.

We have recently made changes to how we record gender and gender identity, allowing members to indicate if their gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth. If this is relevant to you and you wish to do so, you are able to update your information via the link provided.

Please note, we would like you to complete the form whether you are a sitting or retired member.


Berkshire MA: AGM and members’ meeting

Berkshire MA members are invited to come together virtually for their upcoming AGM and members’ meeting. They will be joined by HHJ Jeff Blackett as a guest speaker, and MA Chair, Bev Higgs, will have a slot in the meeting to say hello.

The meeting will be on 14 April 2021 and will take place on Zoom at 7.30pm.

Jeffrey Blackett is a retired British judge and former Royal Navy officer with the rank of Commodore. He was Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces from 2004 to 2020 and among the cases over which he presided was that of "Marine A". He was the Chief Disciplinary Officer at the Rugby Football Union and conducted an investigation into the Bloodgate scandal, and is the President of the RFU for the current season. He was a Senior Circuit Judge from 2005 until his retirement in 2020.

For more information, please click here to contact Paul Wassell

South and South East London MA: events for 2021

South and South East London MA had to sadly postpone its most recent Zoom meeting on the subject of stalking. It will instead become one of a number of events the branch already has planned for the first part of 2021.

If you haven't registered but would like to join this meeting please click here to do so.

Please note that the new date is provisional.

If there is a subject that you think would be of interest to you and your MA Branch colleagues, do please put forward suggestions and the branch would be happy to look into them. Please click here to get in touch.

Bedfordshire MA: farewell and thank you to Dr Wendi Momen MBE JP

On 20 October, Wendi’s service as a magistrate officially ended. The current Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings meant that Wendi quietly departed the Bedfordshire Bench and Bedfordshire MA without a fanfare, probably in the way she wanted; but her friends in the MA, could not let Wendi’s retirement go unmarked.

Bedfordshire MA want to recognise not only her major contribution to the magistracy in the last 38 years, but also to say ‘thank you’ and send their best wishes to Wendi and her husband, Moojan for the next chapter in their lives together.

Wendi was appointed on 1 October 1982 and her “JPCV” since then is extraordinary:

  • Joined the Family Panel in 1994 and became a Family Appraiser in 1995
  • Adult Presiding Justice and Appraiser since March 1999
  • Crown Court panel member since 2014
  • Family Training and Development Committee member
  • Member of the Youth Panel between 2008 and 2013
  • Joined the MA in 2003
  • Member of FTAAAC from 2017 to 2020, and was also Deputy Chair

Clywd MA: AGM

Clywd MA held their AGM via Zoom on the 1st December 2020, where all their officers were returned.

For more information, please contact Philip Jones

MA January webinar on coercive control

We are looking forward to building on the success of this year’s free webinar programme in 2021. We will shortly be releasing our full programme next year. In the interim, we are excited to announce our first webinar of the year will be on Coercive Control, delivered by Victoria Charleston from The Alice Ruggles Trust. The event will take place on 21 January 2021, from 1-2pm.

The Alice Ruggles Trust exists to raise awareness of stalking (including coercive control), to ensure that relevant legislation is effective and adhered to, and to bring about lasting improvements in the management of perpetrators and the protection of victims. Its long term goal is to equip a generation with the confidence to recognise coercive control and stalking, and a justice system and support services that have a thorough understanding of the issues involved.

Victoria Charleston is the Trust’s Strategy and Development Manager. She has a background in policy and campaigns in and around Westminster and has worked specifically in stalking for the last three years. She has been instrumental in a number of key successes across the sector including the extension of sentences for perpetrators and the introduction of Stalking Protection Orders.

Please click here to register to attend.

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