Magistrates – Ordinary People Doing Exceptional Things

The involvement of lay people – recruited from a cross-section of our society – is a central principle in the administration of justice. 
It helps safeguard our citizens, with crucial decisions affecting an individual’s liberty being decided not by officials of the state – but by an independent bench of trained magistrates drawn from the local community. 
Our judiciary is amongst the most respected and independent in the world – part of a justice system that is widely admired at home and abroad.
Magistrates contribute to this system in the most exceptional way; giving their considerable skills, experience and time in a voluntary manner. 

If you know of anyone who may be interested in applying, application forms and further information on how to become a Magistrate are available on
Recruitment opened on 1st March 2017 and the campaign will continue over the summer. 

All interviews will be held in Manchester. 


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