Magistrates

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Are magistrates paid?
No, but their expenses are covered.
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What are the 6 general personal qualities an applicant should have to become a magistrate?
An applicant should have: good character, understanding & communication, social awareness, mature & of sound temperament, to be of sound judgement, having commitment and reliability.
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What is the age range to be a magistrate?
18 - 70 years of age. Anyone over 65 are unlikely to be appointed because 5 years of service is normally expected before retirement.
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Explain the selection of a new magistrate.
Advertisement in area. Application from Ministry of Justice (includes DVD). Once form is submitted, it is checked. Once applicant is deemed eligible, invited to 1st interview by Advisory Committee. Second interview then background checks are made.
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Explain the appointment of a new magistrate.
Magistrates are appointed by the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor on behalf of the Queen. New magistrates will then meet their colleagues and begin their training.
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Briefly explain the training of a new magistrate.
Training is supervised by the Judicial Studies Board, which decides key areas in which they need instruction. It is carried out locally, by the clerk of the court. All magistrates are trained before sitting but may continue throughout their service.
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Name the 4 competencies that a magistrate needs to be able to do.
1. Managing Yourself. 2. Working as a Member of a Team. 3. Making Judicial Decisions. 4. Managing Judicial Decision - Making.
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What is Initial Training?
Before sitting in court , a new magistrate will undergo introductory training on the basis of the role. After, they will sit in court with 2 experienced magistrates.
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What is meant by Mentoring?
Each new magistrate has a specially trained magistrate mentor to guide them through their first months. This is for the first 12 - 18 months, where they will review their learning progress.
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What is Core Training?
Over the first year, further training, visits to institutions and/or observations take place, to equip magistrates with the knowledge they need.
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What is Consolidation Training?
At the end of the first year, consolidation training builds on the learning from sittings and core training. This is designed to help magistrates plan for their ongoing development and prepare for their first appraisal.
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What is meant by First Appraisal?
About 12 - 18 months after appointment, the new magistrate is appraised. This will see whether the magistrate is demonstrating that they fit the competences. When successful, the magistrate is deemed fully competent.
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How many days each year is a magistrate required to sit for?
26 half days each year.
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How many magistrates are part of a bench? Who are they?
3. A chairman and two wingmen.
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What can magistrates not do?
Magistrates cannot impose sentences of imprisonment of longer than 6 months (or 12 for consecutive sentences). They cannot give fines exceeding £5000.
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