In the Media

Crisis in ‘shrinking and ageing’ magistracy

PUBLISHED February 28, 2014

Putting the Judicial Appointments Commission in charge of recruitment and introducing positive discrimination are among recommendations to improve the diversity of the magistracy made by a justice charity today. 

Transform Justice said lay magistrates are 'considerably older, whiter and more middle class' than the general population and less diverse than they were in 2000. Its report, Magistrates: representative of the people? finds that magistrate recruitment is 'facing a crisis'.

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