Advantages and Disadvantages of Lay Magistrates

Advantages and Disadvantages of Lay Magistrates

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  • Created by: Patrick
  • Created on: 13-12-10 21:19

Advantages

  • Unpaid other than expenses, so large annual saving.
  • They have local knowledge and understanding.
  • Easier to use as there is a lack of availability of judges.
  • Cross representative of society- variety of races/social backgrounds.
  • Public confidence in magistrates scheme.
  • Example of active citizenship within the criminal justice system.
  • Capable of dealing with issues that arise.
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Disadvantages

  • Inconsistency between local areas and lay magistrates.
  • Rely heavily on Legal Adviser.
  • Cases may be biased towards police.
  • Not truly representative, most white middle class.
  • 5% under 4
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Comments

Betty

Great :) 5% under 40 though :)

Sanya

This is really good

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