New magistrates appointed to our courts

PUBLISHED: 11:06 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

THIRTY-SEVEN new magistrates are due to be sworn in at ceremonies in St Albans Crown Court. This year s appointees are 20 men and 17 women, ranging in age from 28 to 62. They have a range of occupations including teachers, partner in a snooker club, pra

THIRTY-SEVEN new magistrates are due to be sworn in at ceremonies in St Albans Crown Court.

This year's appointees are 20 men and 17 women, ranging in age from 28 to 62.

They have a range of occupations including teachers, partner in a snooker club, practice nurse, airline pilot, web development analyst, learning support and child protection officer, ambulance duty station officer, community manager, hardware engineer, citizen officer, accountant, public health consultant, civil servant, some of them are retired or not in paid employment.

Six of them are from minority ethnic backgrounds and, between them, have a wide interest in the affairs of the community.

The Lord Chancellor appointed the new magistrates after interview and recommendation by his Hertfordshire Advisory Committee. T

hey will begin training, assisted by mentors, who will guide them through the various procedures before they take up their places on the four benches in the magistrates' courts.

Almost 98 per cent of criminal cases in England and Wales are tried in magistrates' courts, and these cover all types of offences.

The magistrates' role is to apply the law and weigh up the facts before arriving at a verdict and deciding on the appropriate sentence.


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