Magistrate applicants urged to come forward Ministry of Justice recruitment drive 12 November 2019 The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is launching a recruitment drive to urge people from all backgrounds to become magistrates. The move follows a report by the Justice Select Committee, which recommended a series of measures designed to make working as a magistrate more appealing. Efforts to boost the appeal of the magistracy will focus on ensuring that magistrates’ roles are rewarding and meaningful, and developing a new recruitment strategy that aims to streamline the process and encourage greater diversity. This work will include: Developing a new tool to plan more effectively for long-term recruitment needs, bringing together data and analysis about magistrates in post and expected resignation and retirement rates. Establishing a Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction Steering Group, jointly chaired by an MOJ official and the National Leadership Magistrate, to promote the magistracy and increase recruitment, with a particular focus on increasing diversity. Researching what recruitment activity has been successful and ensuring that good ideas and best practice are shared across the magistracy, including in areas that struggle to attract sufficient candidates. Working with communication and marketing experts to target marketing and recruitment activity more effectively. Working with employers to promote the benefit of employing magistrates. Ensuring potential candidates receive better and clearer information on what the role entails, what the application process involves and the vacancies that are available in a particular area. Consulting on the implications of a change to the retirement age for all judicial office holders, including magistrates. Previous Article MA AGM, Conference and Awards Dinner Next Article Judicial Office survey on magistrate recruitment Print Tags: Recruitment Ministry of Justice Magistracy Please login or register to post comments.