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  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: February 2024

A round-up of our recent policy and advocacy work.
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  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association in the news: December 2023

A round-up of our recent media coverage.
Our National Chair, Mark Beattie, and the Lady Chief Justice
  • Adult court matters
  • Family court matters
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: November 2023

A round-up of our recent policy and advocacy work.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Update on the start of the Single Justice Procedure 3:1 Operating Model

We urge the senior judiciary to continue consulting and updating magistrates throughout this process.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Measures announced to increase prison capacity

We support measures to reduce the use of short-term prison sentences.
The text reads: election results
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Magistrates’ Association elections: who’s been elected?

Our members elected three trustees.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Magistrates’ Association in the news: September 2023

A round-up of our recent media coverage.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Single Justice Procedure and magistrates’ role

A response to the recent media coverage.
The text reads: media statement
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Wider justice system

Funding for maintenance in court buildings

Accessibility must be the driving principle behind this investment.
The text reads: media statement
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Inclusive language

We make no apology for using inclusive language.
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Alex Chalk, and the Magistrates' Association's National Chair, Mark Beattie
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: August 2023

A round-up of our recent policy and advocacy work.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Consultation on a new code of practice for cautions

We welcome proposals to end the current postcode lottery.
The text reads: media statement
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Recruitment drive

The magistracy should reflect the communities it serves.
The text reads: press release
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Many magistrates’ courts are inaccessible, says Magistrates’ Association report

The charity's report is the first on-the-ground study into the accessibility of magistrates courts.
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association in the news: June 2023

A round-up of our recent media coverage.
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Could you be one of our new trustees?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you care passionately about the future of the magistracy?
  • Knife and weapon crime
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Youth court matters

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: May 2023

A round-up of our recent policy and advocacy work.
The text reads: media statement
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

The reported racist remarks of a former magistrate

The magistracy must be a welcoming and diverse place, and anyone who does not like that should leave.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Delay in the consultation on the abolition of local justice areas

Magistrates' Association welcomes this delay if it is used wisely.
The text reads: media statement
  • Wider justice system

Pausing of magistrates’ extended sentencing powers

The extension of magistrates sentencing powers from six to 12 months is something we had long campaigned for as a vital means of ensuring speedier justice for all.
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