Call made for Grantham people to become magistrates

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People willing to become magistrates are being asked to step forward as a recruitment drive gets under way.

The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for Lincolnshire has launched the campaign.

Magistrates are ordinary members of the community who are not paid but who can recover their 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.

The acting secretary of the advisory committee Stephen Abbott said: “Over 95 per cent of criminal cases and a large proportion of child care matters are dealt with by magistrates.

“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 contact the judicial support team at LRLN-JudicialSupportTeam@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk