Recruitment drive for magistrates

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A campaign has been launched to recruit more magistrates for Lincolnshire.

The recuitment drive is by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for Lincolnshire.

Its acting secretary Stephen Abbott said: “We are looking for ordinary members of the community.

“Magistrates are not paid but can recover expenses. Applicants do not need any qualifications but must be of good character and trustworthy.

“They must be willing to sit at least 13 days a year and to 
attend training.

“Employers are required to release employees for this public service.

“Magistrates come from all walks of life and applications are welcome from anybody who can demonstrate the key qualities required for this judicial role.

“The committee particularly encourages applications from those groups under-represented on the bench – younger people, those in paid employment, people with disabilities and members of minority ethnic groups. 
Applications are all considered on merit.”

Further details and information on how to apply can be found at www.gov.uk/become-magistrate/ or by contacting the Judicial Support Team at LRLN-JudicialSupportTeam@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk