Are you OK with cookies?

We use small files called ‘cookies’ on magistrates.judiciary.uk. Some are essential to make the site work, some help us to understand how we can improve your experience, and some are set by third parties. You can choose to turn off the non-essential cookies. Which cookies are you happy for us to use?

Skip to content

Advisory Committee Recruitment Plan

The community of magistrates is amazing, it’s so interesting to sit with people from all different walks of life.”

Shape your community for the better.

The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committees (AC) on Justices of the Peace are advisory non-departmental public bodies which carry out functions on behalf of the Lord Chancellor. The Recruitment Advisory Committees, along with other key functions are to recruit and recommend to the Senior Presiding Judge (Exercising functions on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice) candidates for appointment to the magistrates. A full list of functions and the role of Advisory Committees can be found in Part one of the Lord Chancellor’s Directions.

All information regarding AC recruitment opening times for Criminal and Family courts is available in the below tables. Please note that these are subject to change.

The recruitment plan is broken down by region and area, please visit the table for your region to find out more about the recruitment plan in your area:

London

AC Area Criminal: Recruitment dates (month)Family: Recruitment dates (month)
London19 June – 15 July 24
27 October – 24 November 24
12 Jan – 9 Feb 25
12 January – 9 February 25

Midlands

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment dates (month)Family: Recruitment dates (month)
Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire1 to 30 January 2025 (Birmingham and Solihull only)1 to 26 September 2024
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire1 to 27 June 2024 (Nottinghamshire only)
1 to 27 February 2025
No recruitment planned before April 2025
Northamptonshire, Leicestershire &
Rutland and Lincolnshire
1 August to 5 September 2024
1 to 30 January 2025
No recruitment planned before April 2025
Staffordshire and West Mercia1 to 25 July 2024
1 to 27 March 2025
No recruitment planned before April 2025

North East

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Cleveland, County Durham and DarlingtonCurrently Closed & TBC for 2024No planned recruitment before April 2025
Humber and South Yorkshire1 July – 31 Aug 24 (South Yorkshire only)1 July – 31 Aug 24 (Humber only)
North and West Yorkshire1 July – 31 Aug 24 (West Yorkshire only)Currently Closed & TBC for 2024 (West), No planned recruitment before April 2025 (North)
Northumbria1 July – 31 Aug 24 (North Northumbria only)1 July – 31 Aug 24

North West

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
CheshireCurrently Closed &TBC for 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024
South CumbriaCurrently Closed &TBC for 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024
North & West CumbriaCurrently Closed &TBC for 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024
Lancashire1 to 30 September 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024
Greater ManchesterCurrently Closed &TBC for 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024
Merseyside1 to 31 May 2024Currently Closed &TBC for 2024

South East

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Bedfordshire and HertfordshireOctober 2024October 2024
Buckinghamshire3 Apr – 21 Apr 23TBC
Cambridgeshire and EssexOctober 2024September 2024
KentOctober 2024September 2024
Norfolk and SuffolkOctober 2024September 2024
Surrey and SussexTBCSeptember 2024
Thames ValleyOctober 2024TBC

South West

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
Avon, Somerset and GloucestershireJuly 24March 2025
Devon, Cornwall and DorsetJuly 2024April 2024
Hampshire, Isle of Wight and WiltshireJuly 2024March 2025

Wales

AC AreaCriminal: Recruitment Dates (month)Family: Recruitment Dates (month)
North Wales1 to 18 October 20241 to 16 September 2024
South Wales1 to 18 October 20241 to 16 September 2024

Mae’r holl wybodaeth am amserlen recriwtio y Llysoedd Troseddol a’r Llysoedd Teulu yng Nghymru ar gael yn y tabl isod. Sylwch y gall hyn newid.

Cymru

Ardal Pwyllgor YmgynghorolTroseddol: Dyddiadau Recriwtio (mis)Teulu: Dyddiadau Recriwtio (mis)
Gogledd Cymru1 Tach – 15 Tach 231 Medi – 30 Medi 23
De Cymru          1 Tach – 15 Tach 23       1 Medi – 30 Medi 23