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Role of the magistracy inquiry


Justice Committee report says the Ministry of Justice and senior judiciary must, as a matter of priority, develop an over-arching strategy for the magistracy. This should include workforce planning, magistrates' training and the wider promotion of their role, especially to employers. It should also take into account the impact of court closures, and consider whether the role of magistrates could be expanded, in particular within any proposals for problem-solving courts.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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6th Report - The role of the magistracy
Inquiry Role of the magistracy inquiry
HC 165
Response to this report
The Role of the Magistracy: Government Response to the Justice Committee's Sixth Report of Session 2016-17
Cm 9368
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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7 June 2016
Inquiry Role of the magistracy inquiry
Witnesses Malcolm Richardson JP, Chair, and Sheena Jowett JP, Deputy Chair, Magistrates' Association; The Rt Hon Lord Justice Fulford, Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, and Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, Chief Magistrate (at 10.25am); Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Courts and Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice (at 11.05am).
Oral Evidence
10 May 2016
Inquiry Role of the magistracy inquiry
Witnesses Luke Rigg JP, Richard Goold JP, Nicola Silverleaf JP; and Dr Jenifer Harding JP, Christine Holmes JP, Simon Wolfensohn JP
Oral Evidence
22 March 2016
Inquiry Role of the magistracy inquiry
Witnesses Penelope Gibbs, Transform Justice, and Peter Dawson, Deputy Director, Prison Reform Trust; Jo King, Executive Chair, and Alwyn Lloyd Ellis, member, National Bench Chairmen’s Forum (at 10.30am).
Oral Evidence
Dr Peter Reed (MAG0002)
Magistrates Association (MAG0088)
Mr Clive Lewisohn (MAG0084)

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