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Have you considered becoming a Magistrate?

by Gemma Melling

The Merseyside and Cheshire Advisory Committee of Justices of the Peace are currently on the lookout for new Magistrates – and you could be perfect for the role.

Being a Magistrate is a voluntary position, but one which enables people to give valuable service to the local community. If you are looking for something really rewarding to do, this could be it.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is aged between 18 and 70 years can apply to become a Magistrate. You can choose to either apply to the criminal court or the family court.

What qualifications do you need to be a Magistrate?

You don’t need any formal qualifications as full training is provided.

Will I get paid to be a Magistrate?

This is a voluntary position but travel and subsistence is paid.

If you already have a job, you are legally entitled to take time off work for the role.

What time commitment will it involve?

The role will be a minimum of 14 days per year.

How can I find out more about becoming a Magistrate?

Visit www.gov.uk/become-magistrate for more information.