Training of Lay Magistrates

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  • Training of Lay Magistrates
    • Competencies
      • divided into 4 areas - 4th only undertaken by chairmen of the bench
      • Managing  Yourself
        • preparing for court
        • conduct in court
        • ongoing learning
        • basic aspects of self management
      • Working As A Tearm
        • focuses on decision making in magistrates court
      • Making Judicial Decisions
        • focuses on impartial and structured decision making
      • Managing Judicial Decision Making
        • Chairman
        • working with legal adviser, managing the court, and ensuring effective impartial decision making
    • Training of New Magistrates
      • Initial Training
        • introductory training + basics of role
      • Mentoring
        • for first 12-18 months by specially trained magistrate mentor
          • 6 formal mentored sittings where learning progress is reviewed
      • Core Training
        • during first year visitors to prisons + young offenders institute + observing other magistrates
      • Consolidation Training
        • after 2 years
        • for 12 hours
        • training builds on learning of observing + core training
        • designed to plan ongoing development + prepare for Appraisal
      • First Appraisal
        • after 1 year - both mentor + magistrate agree when ready
        • when successful magistrate is deemed fully competent
    • Training Sessions
      • local level - 42 court areas
      • a lot of training carried out by court clerk
      • Youth + Family Panel Chairman will be trained nationally
        • if there are not enough chairman's needed to be trained locally
    • Ongoing Training
      • appraised every 3 years
      • continuation training every 3 years to maintain competency to remain sitting
      • up to date training on changes in law
      • Youth + Family Court
        • extra training
      • extra training for chairman

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