• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Process and Selection of Magistrates Question

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Magistrates are lay persons that decide on cases in courts without having legal knowledge. Process of selection of magistrates Magistrates are appointed by the Lord Chancellor on the recommendation of the committee after being interviewed. Candidates would first go through a 2 stage interview process that tests their personal attributes and potential judicial aptitude through discussion of cases. They would need to possess the 6 key qualities that Lord Chancellor laid down which are: Good Character, Sound Judgement, Maturity, Understanding, Social Awareness, and Commitment. This ensures they are able to have judgelike qualities and are able to assimilate factual information to make reasoned decisions.zl The few qualifications for Magistrates is that they must be 18-65 years old and that they have to live in close proximity to the local justice area in which they are allocated. ...read more.

Middle

This do restricts some people and magistrates could no longer claim to be a representative of the society. Although the requirements are broad, magistrates are usually of similar backgrounds which are aged 40 and above, white and of managerial or professional ranks. Although most magistrates are white, ethnic minorities are well represented as they take up about 8% of the magistrates. There has been campaigns and advertisements in 36 different magazines to encourage people to apply. Also, they can be said to represent society in terms of gender as they have equal proportions of both sex whereas the judiciary only consist 22% of females. ...read more.

Conclusion

Training sessions are usually done locally but the Judicial Studies Board take into account the need to collaborate regionally and nationally. In particular, the training of Youth and Family Panel chairmen is delivered nationally. In the first 2 years of magistrates sitting in court, 8 of 11 sessions will be mentored and magistrates are required to attend training sessions. After 2 years, there will be an appraisal of the magistrates to check if they have acquired the competencies. Those who failed to do so will be given additional training however persistent failure to meet standards may lead to removal by the Lord Chancellor. This appraisal ensures that the quality of magistrates are in check. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Legal personnel section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Legal personnel essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    European law

    4 star(s)

    publishing, Article 220, page 48 5 Busby.N and Smith.R, 2006-2007, Core EU Legislation, Law matters publishing, Article 226 and 227, page 50 6 Alfons L�tticke GmbH v Commission Case 48/65 7 Chalmers.D and Hadjiemmanuil.C, Monto.G and Tomkins.A, European Union Law, (2006), Text and Materials, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, page 46.

  2. Law and Judicial creativity

    This shows that judges can find ways to develop the law in the directions they desire, as their personal interests will justify the decisions they make. John Locke stated in 1690 that 'it may be too great a temptation to human frailty ...

  1. Explain (a) the process of selecting magistrates and (b) the work that they carry ...

    a single magistrate such as changing bail conditions, committing a person for sentence to the Crown Court and case management.

  2. Explain the work & training of barristers & solicitors

    It is also said, that if the two professions merge law, which is already a cut throat-world will become even more competitive as there will be less jobs available as there are only 66,000 'lawyers' at the moment in England and Wales.

  1. Family Law

    expected to live with the respondent: thus, for example, a violent petitioner can reasonably be expected to live with a violent respondent, an alcoholic petitioner with a respondent similarly addicted, or a flirtatious husband with an equally susceptible wife. If the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a period of

  2. The Selection and Role of Juries

    For Case Involves challenging the right of an individual to sit on the jury. To be successful, the challenge must point out a valid reason why that juror should not serve on the jury. An obvious reason is that the juror is disqualified but a challenge for cause can also

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work