Lay Magistrates - qualifications, appointment, disqualifications

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  • Lay Magistrates
    • Qualifications
      • formal requirements
        • live or work near local justice area
        • 18-65 on appointment
        • committed to at least 26 half days a year
      • Six key Qualities
        • McGuss
        • set out by Lord Chancellor in 1998
    • Ineligible for appointment
      • member of the armed forces
      • if you have serious criminal conviction
      • an undischarged bankrupt
      • incompatible job
        • Police
        • traffic warden
    • Appointment
      • 1,500 appointed every year
      • LAC recommend to secretary of state and Lord Chancellor
        • LAC made up of 12 people
          • 1/3 must be non-magistrates
      • aims to create a bench which represents a cross-section of society
      • advertisement used to get a cross-section of society
        • Local news papers aimed at particular ethnic groups
        • local radio
        • local buses
        • opening evenings
      • two interviews
        • 1st- six qualities
        • 2nd- judgement - case studies
      • sworn in at local crown court

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