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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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  • 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.
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  • Wider justice system

Consultation on a new code of practice for cautions

We welcome proposals to end the current postcode lottery.
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  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion
  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Recruitment drive

The magistracy should reflect the communities it serves.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Wider justice system

Delay in the consultation on the abolition of local justice areas

Magistrates' Association welcomes this delay if it is used wisely.
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  • 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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  • Wider justice system

Utility warrants

We welcome the Secretary of State’s call for a review by Ofgem and the energy companies.
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  • Wider justice system

Out of court disposals need reform, says Magistrates’ Association report

New MA report reveals that the use of OOCDs has expanded haphazardly and without appropriate oversight and scrutiny.
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  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Most magistrates left out-of-pocket, says Magistrates’ Association report

The Magistrates' Association today published a landmark report on the costs of being a magistrate.
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The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The national officers, members and staff of the Magistrates' Association are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

‘Computer says no’ approach to expenses won’t do

The Magistrates' Association has urged the Magistrates Leadership Executive and the Ministry of Justice to reconsider their approach, following the recent announcement that magistrates expenses will not change for either mileage rates or digital devices despite strong evidence in favour of doing so.
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  • Victims

Magistrates’ Association publishes position on victim surcharge increase

The Magistrates' Association has published a position statement cautioning of the disproportionate impact two recent Ministry of Justice changes to the victim surcharge are likely to have on those with low incomes or in receipt of Universal Credit.
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  • Youth court matters

Hundreds of childhood offences tried in adult courts every year

Data obtained via a recent parliamentary question reveal that hundreds of young people are tried, convicted and sentenced as adults in the crown court every year despite their alleged offences having been committed when they were under 18.
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  • Practicalities of being a magistrate

Magistrates’ Association calls for uplift in fuel costs expenses

With prices at the pumps hitting record levels, the MA has asked for an increase in magistrates' expenses allowance if only on a temporary basis.
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  • Practicalities of being a magistrate
  • Wider justice system

Magistrates’ Association calls for open justice strategy

In its submission to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee, the Magistrates' Association calls for HMCTS to publish a strategy for ensuring open justice, so that it maintains an equal importance to court efficiency.
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