Call put out to recruit more Magistrates in the West Midlands

A call has been made for local people to step up and become Magistrates, with up to 45 set to join the Judiciary and serve their local community across the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Over 90% of criminal matters are dealt with by Magistrates sitting in local courts, either in full or as a stepping stone to a hearing at Crown Court. Matters dealt with include theft, assault, shoplifting, burglary and drink driving, with punishments such as fines or unpaid work in the community being dealt out as well as imprisoning those found guilty for up to 12 months. John Taylor JP, from the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for West Midlands and Warwickshire, said:

"Magistrates are a very important part of the justice system in England and Wales. They are people from all walks of life who give their time voluntarily to make a positive difference to their communities, and more are needed. 

"Becoming a Magistrate allows you to give back to your community as well as challenging yourself and the ways you think, along with the opportunity to learn new skills. If you are aged 18-65 with a commitment to ensuring justice in your local community, we want to hear from you."

Applications to become a Magistrate in the West Midlands and Warwickshire are open between 1st and 30th September 2020. Training is given and a qualified legal adviser is always present in court to assist.  

Those who consider themselves to be of good character and who are over the age of 18 can apply at


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