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Your journey to becoming a magistrate

Interested in becoming a magistrate, but need guidance? Here is everything you need to know about the application process and what comes next.

New year, new volunteer

Make volunteering as a magistrate your New Year’s resolution. The fascinating element of the courts, gaining new skills and seeing your decisions making an impact is all part of what makes the magistracy so great. If you're new to volunteering and always wondered what it was like to volunteer as a magistrate, here’s your go-to guide for what you should know. 

Guest blog: Volunteering as a magistrate

This International Volunteers Day, we invited Trustee of the Magistrates’ Association, Sarah, to reflect on her time as a magistrate.

Having a disability won’t stop you becoming a magistrate

As we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we share the story of Sarah who has been a magistrate for almost 20 years. Sarah felt her visual impairment would get in the way of her becoming a magistrate. But when she finally applied, she quickly realised how the process was catered to her needs and helped her succeed in the role. Sarah shares her inspiring story in her own words.

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.

Support available for magistrates  

Are you considering volunteering as a magistrate but want to learn more about available support? Read our blog to find out more.

Tips for talking to your employer about becoming a magistrate

Are you considering becoming a magistrate and need help approaching the conversation with your employer? Read our top tips.

Five top tips for the qualifying assessment

Read our top five tips for passing the qualifying assessment.