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 spokespeople 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: 

Tom Franklin, Chief Executive

tel: 020 7255 9003

MA’s recent media appearances

October 2021

  • Bev Higgs JP has a letter published in the Guardian about the backlog in the crown courts leading to delays in cases involving violence against women and girls - how how magistrates can help

August 2021

  • Bev Higgs JP had an article published in the Law Society Gazette about young people who turn 18 before their case comes to court

July 2021

  • Tom Franklin was interviewed by inews about the 'pingdemic' and its impact on justice

June 2021

April 2021

March 2021

  • Bev Higgs JP had a letter published in The Guardian about 12 month sentencing

February 2021

  • Jon Collins was quoted in The Times on extending court operating hours
  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Times on the single justice procedure
  • The launch of the MA's LGBT+ Special Interest Group was featured in an article by the Law Society Gazette

January 2021

  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Times about extending the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts and the need for defendants who turn 18 before their case comes to court to have their case heard in the youth court
  • Bev Higgs JP had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph about the MA's concerns about serious violence reduction orders
  • Jon Collins was quoted in the Daily Telegraph and Scottish Legal News on raising the retirement age for magistrates
  • Bev Higgs JP had a letter published in the Sunday Times on extending the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts

November 2020

  • Bev Higgs JP spoke to BBC Wales about recruitment and diversity
  • Bev Higgs JP commented on community sentences being undertaken from home during the Covid-19 pandemic in The Times and on Yahoo Finance

October 2020

  • John Bache JP was interviewed by BBC North West on recruitment and diversity
  • The MA was mentioned on the BBC Asian Network on recruitment and diversity
  • Jon Collins was quoted in The Daily Mail on driving bans and exceptional hardship
  • Bev Higgs JP was quoted in The Evening Standard on young defendants turning 18 before appearing in court

September 2020

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

Previous media appearances can be accessed by request.

 
 

How we help improve public understanding of the justice system

A few reflections for Justice Week 2022


24 June 2022
How we help improve public understanding of the justice system

For the last four years, the Bar Council, the Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) have collaborated to run Justice Week – a week-long drive to improve access to justice for all by increasing public understanding of and support for the rule of law and the justice system and by securing commitments and/or taking action to strengthen justice.

This year, Justice Week is taking place from 20 to 24 June. To mark the occasion, we have been reflecting on some of the ways we have contributed to educating the public about and growing confidence in the justice system in England and Wales via our innovative outreach initiative Magistrates in the Community.

This sees teams of Magistrates’ Association (MA) members deliver insightful and though-provoking presentations to schools, colleges, offices, and community groups on topics ranging from cybercrime to how guilt and innocence are decided. Through these, and other outreach activities, we endeavour to demystify the legal system, help communities better understand the role magistrates play within the judiciary, and interest the public in the work of their local courts.

Here are just a few highlights from this year:

  • In April, our Black, Asian and minority ethnic network marked Steven Lawrence Day by giving a Home Office-hosted talk to civil servants about how magistrates help create positive change in society. Read network chair, Jacqui MacDonald-Davis JP’s reflections from the day.
  • In May, Dawn Gibbons JP participated in a Schools' Question Time event co-convened by the Judicial Office and Young Citizens that saw judges, magistrates and legal representatives come together to educate students about the justice system in England and Wales and, hopefully, inspire the future generation of volunteers. Learn more in Dawn’s blog.
  • In June, our Great Manchester branch co-launched an innovative virtual reality programme with Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit that seeks to engage pupils on the impacts of knife crime. Learn more about the project's anticipated benefits in this short video featuring our branch chair Paul Brearley.

 

If you are a magistrate who is keen to get involved in these types of activities for the MA or are a group who would like further information about organising a Magistrates in the Community visit, please email us.

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