London’s courts on diverse recruitment drive for magistrates

London’s courts are reaching out to people from all ages and communities to fill 350 magistrates’ roles.

In statement, released this morning, the London Magistrates' Advisory Committees said it wanted to encourage applications from the “broadest possible” range of applicants, particularly from minority communities and younger people.

The statement adds candidates need to be aged between 18 and 65, of good character, be socially aware, have good judgement, maturity and a sound temperament, as well as being committed to the work, while they do not have to be from a particular social background or a lawyer.

Interested applicants are advised to go to their local magistrates’ court, sit in the public gallery, to see magistrates’ work at first hand and then visit for further information.

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