Recruitment to the magistracy

MA statement

In response to the Daily Telegraph article (21 August 2018), and the interest that has been shown in the current rules around people with a criminal record sometimes being able to become a magistrate, John Bache has made the following statement:

'The MA is supportive of the magistracy being diverse and therefore wants to encourage people from under-represented groups to think about applying to be a magistrate. An important part of recruitment is raising awareness about the role and dispelling myths about eligibility. An example which has attracted media attention is the fact that having a criminal record involving a less serious offence (such as certain driving offences) – especially some time ago – would not necessarily prevent you becoming a magistrate. Local Advisory Committees will make decisions on individual suitability but we want to encourage people from all walks of life to consider becoming a magistrate.'

See also For the justice system to be truly trusted – magistrates must be from all walks of life

Any member who has a concern about this issue should contact Dr Jo Easton.

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