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Becoming a Lay Magistrate
Nicole Moyo…read more

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1998 Lord Chancellor set out 6 qualities:
· Good Character
· Understanding and Communication Social Awareness
· Maturity and sound temperament
· Sound Judgement
· Commitment and Reliability
These are some of the more formal requirements:
· Aged 18-65
· Be prepared to sit for at least 26 half days per year
· Have no serious criminal record
· Not to be undischarged or bankrupt
· Not be a member of the armed forces…read more

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Interview Process
There is a two-stage interview process:
· 1st interview is used to find out about the candidates
personal attributes, the panel of interviewers are
interested in the six key qualities. The candidate will be
questioned to find out their attitudes on various criminal
justice issues.
· 2nd interview is aimed at testing the candidates judicial
aptitude, this is achieved by a discussion of at least two
case studies which are typical of those normally heard in
the magistrates court.
Once they interviews are over the committee will submit the
names of suitable candidates to the lord chancellor who
will then appoint new lay magistrates from the list.…read more

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1998 the Magistrates New Training Initiative set up , this was recently
amended by the Magistrates national Training Initiative in 2004.
This training is divided into 4 areas of competence:
· Managing yourself ­this focuses on some of the basic aspects of self-
management in relation to preparing for court, conduct in court and on going
· Working as a member of a team ­ this focuses on the team aspect of
decision making in the Magistrate' Court.
· Making Judicial decisions- this focuses on impartial and structured decision
· Managing Judicial decision Making- this is only for the chair of the bench
and focuses on working with the clerk, managing the court and ensuring
effective, impartial decision making.
Continued...…read more

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Training for New Magistrates
There is a syllabus for new magistrates which are
in three:
· Initial introductory training- covers such matters as understanding
the organisation of the bench and the administration of the court and
the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the magistrates
· Core training- provides the new magistrate with the opportunity to
acquire and develop new skills, knowledge and understanding
required of a competent magistrate.
· Activities- these involve observation of court sittings and visits to
establishments such as a prison or a probation office.…read more


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