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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.

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.

Ask a magistrate: Balancing employment with duties

Being a magistrate is a highly rewarding position where you can give back to your local community. We spoke with magistrates across the country to learn how they balance working life with their magistrate responsibilities. 

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.