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  • Wider justice system

The new Lord – or Lady – Chancellor has a long to-do list, say magistrates

To truly fix a criminal justice system that is on its knees, we urge the government to fundamentally review the whole system and back it up with proper and sustained investment.
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  • Adult court matters
  • Family court matters
  • Wider justice system

Help shape MA policy

Applications are open for three MA policy committees covering adult courts, family courts, and magistrate training, learning and development.
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  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association in the news: June 2024

A round-up of our recent media coverage.
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  • Wider justice system

Criminal justice must be a priority for the new government, say magistrates

The Magistrates’ Association has urged the new Lord Chancellor to do a fundamental review of the criminal justice system and boost investment in all parts of it.
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  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association responds to Operation Early Dawn

We are urgently seeking further information from the Ministry of Justice and HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and will update our members in due course.
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  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association speaks up for members: May 2024

A round-up of our recent policy and advocacy work.
  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system
  • Youth court matters

Magistrates’ Association in the news: March 2024

A round-up of our recent media coverage
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  • Adult court matters
  • Wider justice system

Single Justice Procedure needs reform, say magistrates

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  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association responds to the Spring Budget

Today’s budget announcement means that speedier justice for all—victims, witnesses and defendants—will be further delayed.
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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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Wider justice system

Measures announced to increase prison capacity

We support measures to reduce the use of short-term prison sentences.
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  • 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.
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  • Wider justice system

Single Justice Procedure and magistrates’ role

A response to the recent media coverage.
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  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Wider justice system

Funding for maintenance in court buildings

Accessibility must be the driving principle behind this investment.
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  • 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.
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