The role of the magistracy: follow-up Contents

Contents

1 Background to this inquiry

The role of the magistracy

The Justice Committee’s 2016 inquiry

Our inquiry

2 Magistrates’ morale

Our predecessor’s main conclusions and recommendations

How magistrates feel about their role

Relationships with District Judges

The leadership structure of the magistracy

3 Recruitment and diversity

Our predecessor’s main conclusions and recommendations

Recruitment of magistrates

Diversity within the magistracy

Employed magistrates

Retirement age of magistrates

4 Training and appraisal

Our predecessor’s main conclusions and recommendations

Magistrates’ training

The appraisal scheme for magistrates

5 Court closures and court reform

Our predecessor’s main conclusions and recommendations

The court reform programme

Magistrates’ court closures

Digital processes and video links

The use of alternative court venues

6 Expanding the role of magistrates

Our predecessor’s main conclusions and recommendations

Increasing magistrates’ sentencing powers

Magistrates’ confidence in community sentencing

Additional roles for the magistracy

7 A strategy for the magistracy

Our predecessor’s conclusion and recommendation

Progress on a national strategy since 2016

Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix–note of informal evidence session with magistrates, 29 January 2019

Committee Members present

1. The morale of the magistracy

2. Magistrates leadership structure

3. Recruitment and diversity

3. Training and appraisals

4. Court closures and court reform

5. Additional roles for the magistracy

6. A national strategy for the magistracy

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament




Published: 18 June 2019