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Topic: Case studies

Ramadan reflections: Insights from magistrates

Observed annually by Muslims worldwide, Ramadan represents a sacred period marked by fasting, prayer, and charitable acts. We spoke to three magistrates about what this period means to them and how it aligns with their role as a magistrate.

Lauren’s experience of being a young magistrate

Lauren works for His Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and became a magistrate in October 2023. She is a young magistrate sitting in the adult criminal court.

Diwali celebrations from magistrates

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs and we asked some magistrates what this celebration means to them. They also reflected on how being a magistrate aligns with the teachings of Diwali.

The importance of representation in the magistracy

Pauline is a Community Services Matron from Leicester and has been a magistrate for more than 10 years. She joined the bench as she believed that there needed to be better representation for people from ethnic minorities, and as a black woman she wanted to help with that change. We spoke to Pauline about her experiences as a magistrate.

Why diversity in the magistracy matters

With over 20 years of magistrates’ experience, London-based IT expert Kevin talks about his inspiring journey to becoming a magistrate in the criminal court. Being severely sight impaired, Kevin took it upon himself to set a precedent.  

Why I volunteer in the family court

As a magistrate, you can choose whether to sit in a criminal or family court. We spoke to Sam about why he decided to join the latter.

The reward of being a magistrate

Aruj shares her thoughts on becoming a magistrate and what she enjoys about the role.

Becoming a magistrate at 19

From a young age Luke wanted to be part of making the change he wished to see. Now in his 30's he believes becoming a magistrate is one of the most rewarding things he's ever done.