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