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Lay Magistrates
29 000
Also called JP's
2 or 3 sit on a
bench
District Judges
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Qualifications
Good Character,
understanding and
good communication
Social awareness,
maturity, commitment
Sound judgement
Aged between 21-65,
but normally 27+
Live or work within
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Disqualifications
Serious criminal
convictions
Armed Forces
Police Officers
Traffic Wardens
Lack of capacity
Undischarged
bankrupts…read more

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Appointment
1500 new
magistrates a year
Appointments made
by Lord Chancellor
on behalf of the
Queen
On
recommendations
from Local Advisory
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Local Advisory
Committees
Members used to
be secret
Normally ex or
current JP's
About 12 members
Half retiring every 3
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