Magistrates

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  • Magistrates
    • Personal qualities
      • good character
      • understanding and communication
      • mature and sound temperament
      • sound judgement
      • commitment and reliability
    • Requirements
      • work 26 and a half days per year
      • georgraphival limitations - must live in local area to reflect local area
        • local knowledge
      • gender balance and race balance (reflect makeup of country/reflect society we live in)
      • minimum of 18 and maximum of 65 to apply
        • financially stable people more likely to apply
    • Ethnic balances
      • 49% males and 51% females currently (equal representation)
      • BAME slightly underrepresented (6% as opposed to 8% in general population)
        • successful attempt to recruit more BAME (like in Burnley)
    • Ineligible people
      • those who commit serious offences or several minor offences are ineligible
      • certain professions/occupations e.g. those who are already part of justice system
      • anyone who has a conflict of interests e.g. police officers or magistrates' wife/husband
        • because of the appearance to society
          • certain professions/occupations e.g. those who are already part of justice system
    • Advantages
      • includes members of community so provides wider cross-section of society
      • magistrates live/work near the courts they serve
    • Disadvantage
      • 'middle-class, middle-aged and middle-minded' - not true cross-section of local community
      • inconsistencies in sentencing and decisions on bail
      • lay magistrates tend to be prosecution-biased, believing the police too readily

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