Magistrates - Advantages and Disadvantages

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Advantages

  • Cross-section of society
    • 49% women whereas 10% of judges are women
    • Much wider background than judges
    • Ethnic minorities reasonably well represented
    • District judges mostly white and male
  • Local knowledge
  • Cheap
    • £52.10 and hour
    • £61.78 judges
  • Legal adviser
  • Few appeals

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