The TRUNK February 2019

The TRUNK: where branches come together

MA Conference, Awards and AGM 2019

stratfordThe Conference, Awards and AGM are now all on one action-packed exciting day! Following last year's extremely successful event in Manchester, we are excited to be holding the 2019 MA Conference, Awards and AGM on Saturday 19 October 2019 in beautiful and historic Stratford-upon-Avon.

You will have the opportunity to network with magistrates from around the country; hear from key figures in law. government, and the criminal justice system; participate in thought-provoking breakout sessions; and meet MA officers and staff.

We have also introduced new conference features, including topical panel discussions and lightening talks! 

The theme of this year's conference is THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE so please join us for an interactive look at the future of the magistracy against the backdrop of the wider justice system.

We will be exploring trends, developments and changes in legislation across an array of topical issues including mental health, stalking, innovations in information technology, intersectional approaches to justice, and MUCH MORE!

Book before 1 July 2019 and get the reduced Early Bird rates!

Speakers and sessions will be confirmed shorty. Please check our website and MA ENEWS for updates. For more information about how to register, Early Bird rates and all other details click here.

To register

Please go to Eventbrite to book your place. If you have any issues booking via this site, please contact the membership team on 020 7388 5558 or at

For more details of activities please click on the appropriate links below:

Conference | Dinner and awards ceremony | Partner programme | National AGM | Venue

Cleveland and Durham MA: visit to the Police Tactical Training Centre

Cleveland and DurhamOn 31 January, members of Cleveland and Durham MA visited the local Police Tactical Training Centre (PTTC) as part of the executive’s plan for increasing awareness of the way agencies work. The PTTC is part of the Specialist Operations Unit, a joint initiative between the Cleveland and Durham constabularies.

The members were very impressed, both by the presentations and by the expertise and professionalism of the police officers. They spent about three hours with the unit, and were able to gain an understanding of the types of situations for which they train and the decision making process. The police officers were extremely welcoming.  

This visit is the first of this calendar year’s programme, with more visits planned in the future. As you can imagine, these events are usually oversubscribed!

If you would like more information or to enquire about attending, please contact Denis Hetherington.

Powys and Herefordshire MA AGM

wrexhamBritain’s newest and largest prison (with some reports saying it will be the cushiest) will be the on the agenda at Powys and Herefordshire MA’s AGM, on the 18 June. 

Their guest speaker is Mark Greenhaf, the Deputy Governor at HMP Berwyn, Wrexham. The meeting will be held at the newly refurbished Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery.  It will begin with a 3pm tour of the museum, which includes the old Assizes Court.  This will be followed by the guest speaker at 5.15pm. The event will conclude with a buffet.

A virtual tour of the HMP Berwyn is available at 

For further information, please contact Stephen Willmot.

Picture to the left is a ‘room’ (not cells) in HMP Berwyn from

Northumbria MA: learning about the work of District Judge Sarah-Jane Griffiths, DJ (MC)

distrcit judgeSarah-Jane Griffiths, previously a local legal adviser, gave an inspirational talk about her work as a district judge (magistrates’ courts) to members of Northumbria MA.

As is the case for magistrates, her general adult criminal work is allocated six months in advance (venue and court type) and there is no special selection of cases for her lists. However, a local business need to improve court performance may focus her sittings on, for example, NGAP and DV courts. Sarah is also ‘ticketed’ to do family courts (due to a local shortage of family magistrates) but not as yet for unlimited fine cases, such as serious outcome HSE cases and serious sexual crime youth cases.

Additionally, she sits in the tribunal service, adjudicates on cases in local prisons, and also on extradition cases which are heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Sarah-Jane clearly loves her work and demonstrated a real enthusiasm for it - and for working with and sharing her knowledge and experience with magistrates.

If you would like any further information, please contact Lesley Dickinson.

Bedfordshire MA mini conference

bedfordshire policeThe fourth Bedfordshire MA Mini Conference took place on 26 January 2019.

Presentations included:

PC Richard Howlett, Football Banning Officer for Luton Town FC, presenting on football violence and banning orders. Videos were shown, illustrating football disorder at home and abroad, sometimes at locations sometimes away from the ground. No videos were shown of Luton Town to avoid any conflict of interest.

Through arrangement with Shires Area of Narcotics Anonymous, recovering addicts shared their very personal experiences of drug addiction. These included: a prison sentence, loss of family and job, and funding their habit through sexual favour.

Kevin Sadler, Deputy Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals spoke about over £1bn is being invested in transforming the courts and tribunal service. This is intended to make the justice system simpler to access, more convenient to use, and more efficient to run: using technology to bring the process of justice into the 21st century. They are also listening to and addressing concerns about magistrates recruitment and morale are being listened to and addressed.

For more information on the event, please contact John Pickersgill or Martyn McCarthy.

Black Country MA: JILL PARKER MBE JP investiture

jill parkerAs reported in the August TRUNK, Jill Parker MBE JP was recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for service to the magistracy and the communities of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.

Her investiture took place on 7 February 2019 at Buckingham Palace, and was by Prince Charles.

Jill’s memorable day in her own words:

 ‘Having received the MBE June 2018 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List it seemed a very long wait until my investiture. I was fortunate that my husband, son and  daughter could accompany me.

‘My Award was for Services to the Administration of Justice and to the Community in Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire.

‘I feel this should be shared by so many other people who have contributed to my achievements including fellow magistrates so I thank you all.'

Please join us in congratulating Jill on her well earned achievement!

Berkshire MA: members’ meeting in April


The next meeting of Berkshire MA members will take place on 30 April at Sindlesham Court, Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5EA.

The meeting will begin at 5pm with a talk and learning experience from Dr Lydia Endersby who is a consultant psychiatrist at Parklands Hospital, Basingstoke (Southern Health NHS Trust). She will be talking about her work, including describing some of the main mental health and personality disorders that may be seen in court. This will fit in well with how members may use their recent training on E-diversity.

After the members’ meeting, attendees will have a talk Mr Graham Barker, the outgoing High Sheriff and a great supporter of the magistracy in Berkshire. He will be explaining how to become a High Sheriff.  

The branch also hopes to be joined by the incoming High Sheriff, Mrs Lucy Zeal, and the new resident judge, HHJ Heather Norton.

For more information, please contact Paul Wassell.

North and West Yorkshire MA AGM

stalkingNorth and West Yorkshire MA will be holding its AGM at Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2BX on 11 May. The event will be commencing at 10.15am.

The AGM will be followed by an address from The Hon. Mr Justice Goss QC, Senior Presiding Judge North East Circuit, on “Reform and the future”.  After the address, there will be a training workshop, led by the North East region legal training manager, entitled “Proactive support for Victims”.

The event will conclude at about 1pm. Details have been sent to branch members but do please contact Clive Cooper for more information.

Middlesex MA: Unconscious Bias talk

BIASMiddlesex MA will be hosting an event on Unconscious Bias on 30 April. Keynote speaker is Dr Sarah Bunn, Scientific Adviser to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

The event will take place at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London, 2-8 Hanger Lane, Ealing Common, London W5 3HN from 7pm. It is open to all MA members and non-members.

Please contact Roger King to confirm attendance.


500 club1st Prize – Judith Sweatman (Kent)
2nd Prize – Nigel Morgan (Oxfordshire)
3rd Prize – Maureen Todd (Dorset)



Lincolnshire MA upcoming events

23 March - Saturday Morning Development Session
Cyber Crime - further details will be advised shortly

Early June– Annual General Meeting of the Lincolnshire Branch of the MA
Details will be confirmed nearer the time.

For more information, please contact Mary Chamberlain.     

Northamptonshire MA AGM

Northamptonshire MA will be holding their AGM on 23 March at Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground along with the Northamptonshire Bench meeting.

The branch is currently pulling together a team of interesting speakers, and more information on these will be available shortly.

For further information contact Gerald Lovell.

Cheshire MA: conference and AGM 

Cheshire MA will be holding their annual conference and AGM on Saturday 12 October 2019 in Hartford, Cheshire. They have some exciting speakers arranged so watch this space for further details.

For further information, please contact Alan Eyres.

Cumbria North AGM

On 8 April, Cumbria North MA will be holding their AGM at David Allen’s Offices at Dalmar House, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7NY. The event will begin at 7pm.

Guest Speakers:

Jon Collins

Magistrates Association Chief Executive

‘Where are we going? The future of the magistracy and the MA’


Karen Quinn JP 

Chair of Triple A (All About Autism)

“The Autistic Magistrate - a view from the Bench”

All MA members welcome

For more information, please contact Mark Renwick-Smith.

Shropshire MA Social

On 16 May, Shropshire MA are organising a meal at Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury College.  

There is a set menu at a cost of £20 per person to include 3 courses followed by tea or coffee.  

If you would like to attend please email Nicola Hughes.

Mid and South Glamorgan MA visit to the Police Heritage Centre

Mid and South Glamorgan MA has a second visit to the Police Heritage Centre in Bridgend organised for 20 March at 11 am. Based in the police headquarters building, this newly opened facility covers the history of policing and crime in South Glamorgan.

If you would like to book a place, please contact John Viney..

Mid and South Glamorgan MA Domestic Abuse conference

Mid and South Glamorgan MA, in partnership with HMCTS, is holding a Domestic Violence conference on 28 March, at the Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, Business Park, CF48 1DL.

The conference will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm and include victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, practitioners in the field, police and government speakers.

There is a £5 cover charge for the event which includes teas and coffees, lunch and conference papers. Transport costs can be claimed from HMCTS.

For more information, please contact John Viney.

South West London MA Special Interest Meeting

South West London MA are holding thier next Special Interest Meeting on 14 March in Wimbledon.

For more information, please contact Alan Speed.

South West London MA visit to the Crime Museum

On 23 April, South West London MA are organising a visit to the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard.

Spaces are very limited, so if you wish to attend please reserve your space early.

If you would like to book a place, please contact Alan Speed.

Birmingham MA talk on probation

Mental Health Champion, Tricia Walker has arranged an opportunity for you to listen to a new approach being adopted by Probation, working with offenders who either can't or won't comply with rehabilitation Court orders, on Tuesday, 26 March in the evening.

The presentation will be made by a Peer Mentor Co-ordinator, with a unique opportunity to also hear from two other Mentors. One of these was a former inmate who became a Peer Mentor towards the end of his time in custody and who has since continued in the role outside of prison, helping others adjust from being in prison to being on probation and how the role of Mentor can help them complete their Order successfully.

This event will take place in the Grand Jury Room, Victoria Law Courts, with light refreshments being available from 6 - 6.30 pm.  The presentations will run from 7 - 8pm. Access to the Court building in the evening will be via The Lodge, Steelhouse Lane.

Please note travel expenses cannot be claimed for this event.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Joan Popovic by Tuesday, 19 March at the latest.

Lancashire MA AGM

Lancashire MA AGM will take place on Wednesday 1 May at Preston Grasshoppers RFC Fulwood PR4 0AP starting at 7pm. The meeting will include a presentation by Lancashire Constabulary's Cyber Crime Unit. Lancashire Hotpot/Mediterranean Vegetable and Spinach Lasgne price £6pp will be served from 6pm together with free tea/coffee/biscuits.

For more information, please contact Fiona Duggan.