Magistrates - Qualifications

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  • Most magistrates are 'Lay', Have no legal qualifications - Unqualified
  • 18-65
  • Committed to seeing at least 26 half days a year
  • Expected to live/work within/near local justice area

Not Eligible if:

  • Serious criminal conviction
  • Minor motoring offence will not automatically disqualify candidate
  • Undischarged bankrupt
  • Member of forces
  • Close relatives on same bench
  • Impaired hearing/infirmity such that they cannot carry out…


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