Lay magistrate numbers continue to fall

PUBLISHED January 15, 2014

A justice campaign group has called for a debate about the future of the magistracy after publishing figures which appear to show increasing numbers of lay magistrates being replaced by district judges. 

The number of magistrates has plummeted by 20% since 2008, while the number of district judges has grown by 4% in the same period, according to research from charity Transform Justice.

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