Magistrates

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  • Magistrates
    • Requirements
      • Disclosure of convictions and civil orders
      • Set personal qualities
        • Sound temperament
        • Committed
        • Sound judgement
        • Social Awareness
      • Take oath of allegiance
    • Advantages
      • Low Cost- Magistrates only get paid for expenses
      • Local Knowledge- sit in their local courts and therefore have an awareness of local issues
      • Representative- Much more diverse than judges. Therefore minority views are represented
    • Disadvantages
      • Reliant on the legal clerk- They need to be advised so why not just use legal experts?
      • Case Hardened- have seen most cases and are therefore less sympathetic to individuals
      • Prosecution Bias- Are more likely to believe the prosecution automatically
      • Unrepresentative- Mostly just middle class, middle aged white men
    • Training
      • Basic intro to rule delivered by Justices Clerk
        • Court Observations
        • Prison Visits
      • After 1 year- 1st appraisal and 2 days of consolidation training
  • Selection and Appointment
    • Application
      • Invitation to 1st interview
        • Second Interview- background checks
          • Decision sent to Lord Chancellor for approval
            • Lord Chancellor appoints on behalf of the crown

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