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Our blogs share the perspectives and views of our members, volunteers and staff on issues relating to the magistracy and wider justice system. We also publish guest pieces from organisations with fresh perspectives on relevant topics. Use the search box or filters to find what you're looking for.

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Mark Beattie JP, National Chair
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Things to look out for in 2024

Our National Chair, Mark Beattie, reflects on some of the changes and challenges magistrates may face in 2024.
  • Adult court matters

Intensive Supervision and problem-solving courts

Val Castell JP, the chair of our adult court committee, on the adult court breakout session at the Magistrates’ Association’s 2023 conference.
  • Family court matters

Does language matter?

Tracy Sortwell JP, the chair of our family court committee, discusses the family court breakout session at the Magistrates’ Association’s 2023 conference.
MA members at the AGM
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Five takeaways from conference

Tom Franklin, our Chief Executive, shares five highlights from the Magistrates’ Association’s 2023 conference.
A young person
  • Youth court matters

Considering the way forward for the youth court

Janet Lallysmith, our Training, Learning and Development Officer, reflects on the youth court breakout session at our 2023 conference.
The text reads: guest blog, Luke Chambers. It is accompanied by Luke's photo.
  • Wider justice system

Artificial intelligence as criminal evidence: Opportunities, challenges, and mitigations

Luke Chambers, a computer scientist and PhD (Law) Candidate at Northumbria University, examines how a new era of evidence will challenge courts, the judiciary, and the public they serve.
The text reads: member blog, Josh James. It is accompanied by Josh's photo.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Championing diversity as a trustee

To mark Trustees’ Week, Josh James JP looks back on a year in post and explores how diversity strengthens our decision making.
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

An interview with Marianne Sunter

This month we sat down with Marianne Sunter, a new(ish) adult court magistrate, to find out more about her experience on the bench and what tips she has for newly appointed recruits.
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Ten tips for getting the most out of our new website

Don’t miss out on all the new member-only features our website has to offer. Read our pointers and start exploring today!
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

My 25-year voluntary career

To mark Black History Month, Abiola Onatade shares why she’s been giving back to her community by volunteering as a magistrate for over two decades.
The text reads: member blog, Yvonne Watkins-Knight. It is accompanied by Yvonne's photo.
  • Adult court matters
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

A day in the life of an adult court magistrate

To mark Black History Month, Yvonne Watkins-Knight offers a glimpse into what a typical day giving back to her community as a magistrate looks like.
  • Victims

Rising retail crime: understanding the true impact

William Maddison, External Affairs Executive at the British Retail Consortium, explores how magistrates can play a vital role in highlighting the retail crime victim's experience.
The text reads: member blog, Des Smith. It is accompanied by Des' photo.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Four decades on the bench

To mark Black History Month, Des Smith, one of our retired members, takes stock of his four-decade-long contribution to administering justice in his community.
  • Wider justice system

RIP local justice? Let’s hope not!

Join us in Birmingham on 25 November to discuss this timely question.
The text reads: member interview, Anthony Fitzgerald. It is accompanied by Anthony's photo.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

An interview with Anthony Fitzgerald

This month we sat down with Anthony Fitzgerald, a new magistrate who is LGBT+, to find out more about his experience on the bench and why he encourages people from underrepresented groups to apply for the role.
The text reads: member blog, Sara Pye. It is accompanied by Sara's photo.
  • Family court matters

Support for family magistrates

Sara Pye, Deputy Chair of our family court committee, updates on the committee's efforts to ensure that family magistrates receive the support they need when dealing with distressing cases.
The text reads member blog, Charlotte Wassermann. It is accompanied by Charlotte's photo.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Sitting in court with a hidden disability

Charlotte Wassermann shares her experience of being a magistrate with an invisible disability and sheds light on the types of adjustments that can make the role more accessible for people with hidden disabilities.
The text reads guest blog, Nick Goodwin. It is accompanied by Nick's photo.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Improving access to our buildings for everyone

Nick Goodwin, Chief Executive of His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), responds to the publication of our latest advocacy report and shares the measures HMCTS is taking to improve the accessibility of the court estate.
A Black woman holding a trophy
  • Wider justice system

Seven reasons to attend our flagship annual event

Join us in Birmingham on 25 November 2023.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

An interview with Rish McDonald

For Pride month, we sat down with Rish McDonald, an LGBT+ member who has just been elected to sit on our newly established diversity and inclusion policy committee, to find out more about his journey to the bench and why he believes an inclusive magistracy is so important.
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