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Recruitment campaign launch elicits a flurry of media interest

MA views sought following government announcement

17 February 2022
Recruitment campaign launch elicits a flurry of media interest

On 24 January 2022, the Ministry of Justice, the judiciary and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service launched a £1 million drive to recruit 4,000 new magistrates across England and Wales. 

In addition to inputting to its development, the MA was pleased to publicly endorse the campaign, which specifically seeks to increase the diversity of the bench and reduce the backlog of criminal cases that accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As the only independent voice of the magistracy, we were approached for comment by a range of print and online national, local and specialist publications. Among others, these included: Evening Standard, Independent Living, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Register and This is Wiltshire

Bev Higgs, our national chair, also appeared in interviews with BBC Radio 4, Talk Radio and Times Radio, while Luke Rigg, chair of our Young Magistrates’ Network, featured in a related Reasons to be Cheerful podcast.

This flurry of media interest followed the previous week’s array of coverage around magistrates’ increased sentencing powers. It was another very welcome opportunity for the MA to grow public consciousness of the invaluable work of its members — and of magistrates more broadly — as well as to debunk harmful myths about the magistracy. 

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  • Listen to Luke discuss what it is like to be a magistrate and the skills required in those applying to join the magistracy
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