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Recruitment Campaign for the Lay Magistracy

by Danielle Barton

1Who can be a Lay Magistrate?You!!

If you answer yes to the following questions you could qualify to become a Lay Magistrate .

2Are you aged between 18 and 65?

Magistrates retire at 70.3Left school with no qualifications?

You don't need formal qualifications or legal training to become a magistrate.You will get full training for the role and a legal adviser will be present in court to help with questions about the law.4Are you in a full time or a part time job?You only need to be in court for 13 days, or 26 half days, in any year.

The good news is that your employer MUST by law allow you reasonable time off work to serve as a magistrate.

Your magistrate's rota is available well in advance so that you employer will get plenty of notice.5Have you got a good character?

As long as you have not committed any serious crime or been found guilty of a number of minor offences you can apply.

Also if you have been declared bankrupt or banned from driving in the last 5 years you can't apply.6Are you in good heath?Can you hear clearly and are you able to concentrate and sit for long periods?

7An Introduction to the court room

A. Witness

A person that sees a crime or accident take place

B. Magistrates

A civil officer who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offences and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones.8C. Clark of the Court

An officer of the court who is legally qualified and advises them of the law relating to the case.

D. Lawyers for the prosecution and defense

Lawyers represent the defendant and prosecutor.

9E. Court Usher

Prepares the court room, clerical duties, calling witnesses and checking defendants and lawyers are present and ready to go into court.

F. Defendant

A person accused in a court of law.

G. Others

Police, the public and reporters.

10What do Magistrates deal with?Preliminary matters such as bail and remand hearings under the Bail Act 1976 and also legal aid.

Trails and sentencing of summary offences (such as assault and battery) and some offences that are triable either way.

Transfer of a case to the Crown Court where the defendant has pleaded not guilty to an offence that is triable either way and has opted for a Crown Court trial.

Some civil jurisdiction including hearing appeals for alcohol and gaming licences, non-payment of council tax and TV licences

12The six key qualities neededGood Character:-Keeping the confidence, trusting and respecting othersCommitment and reliability:-Commitment to the role, be of good health and family supportSocial awareness:- Ethnic, cultural and social awareness of defendant and victimsSound judgement:-Think logically and make a judgement based on different argumentsUnderstanding and communication:-Understanding documents, identify facts, communicationMaturity and sound temperament:-Think logically and make a judgement based on different argumentsJust think what you could get out of being a lay magistrate.

SkillsExperience UnderstandingCareer prospects

Why dont you make a real difference in your community and give something back.

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