MA National Conference

MA conference 2018

Saturday 19 October 2019


At the conference you will have the opportunity to network with magistrates from around the country; hear from key figures in law, government, and the criminal justice system; participate in thought-provoking breakout sessions; and meet MA officers and staff. We have also introduced new conference features, including topical panel discussions and lightning talks!

The theme of this year's conference is THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE.

Please join us for an interactive look at the future of the magistracy against the backdrop of the wider justice system.

We will be exploring trends, developments and changes in legislation across an array of topical issues including mental health, stalking, innovations in information technology, intersectional approaches to justice, and MUCH MORE!

Speakers and sessions will be confirmed shortly. Please check here and MA ENEWS for updates.

Lightning talks

As part of this year's exciting revamp, the conference will feature lightning talks. These are a series of short, fast-paced talks followed by a short Q&A. Anyone – MA member, representative of a key stakeholder, member of the public – may request the opportunity to speak for six minutes on any topic of interest to them.

You may apply to do this via a short form, explaining the topic, why you are qualified to speak on it and why you think it will be of interest to attendees. We will review submissions and select the most interesting and appropriate. If you would like to apply to give a talk, please fill in this submission form or contact the events team at

NB The deadline for lightning talk submissions is 28 July.