requirements, selection and training of Magistrates

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1Personal Qualities
To be of good character. (Personal integrity, keeping confidence and
respect of others.
To have understanding and Communication. (Expected to
understand documents, identify facts, and follow evidence and concentrate. Must
also have good communication skills both inside and outside of the court)
To have social awareness. (appreciation and acceptance of the rule of law,
respect for different ethics and cultured and understanding in local area)
To be mature and of sound temperament. (Includes awareness and
understanding of the people around them, a sense of fairness and humanity.
Being of sound judgement. (ability to think logically, weigh arguments and
come to a decision, open minded)
Commitment and reliability. (Committed to community and giving up
spare time, willing to undergo training.
2Oath of Allegiance
British Nationality is not required although those seeking asylum are not allowed. Certain
professions are ineligible because of concern of magistrates being impartial. These
professions can be police and army. They must also disclose if they are Freemason.
3Criminal Convictions or Civil Claims
Applicants must disclose any convictions, however minor, including motoring offences and
even police cautions. Disclosure also recorded for other criminal or civil orders such as

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Selection of a new
When a new Magistrate is required an advertisement is placed in the area where the
Magistrate is required. There are often public awareness days so potential Magistrates can
learn about what is involved. A person can apply at home using an online download of the
application form.
Interview Process
Once the form is submitted, it is checked to make sure the applicant is eligible.…read more

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Training of a new
Compulsory training
The Judicial Studies Board has overall responsibilities on Magistrates Training. Each year the
court service and the Judicial Studies Board produce a document setting out the minimum
training provisions. The compulsory training for new Magistrates is designed to prepare
them for sitting in Court. It is usually delivered by the Justices' clerk.…read more


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