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Magistrates: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL6422, tabled on 24 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the recruitment of more magistrates to the bench.

Answered on

10 March 2022

The recruitment of more magistrates is the Government’s top priority for the magistracy. The MoJ is investing £1 million this financial year into a programme of work to improve magistrates’ recruitment. A digitised and more inclusive recruitment process which will improve data collation was launched in January, alongside an inclusive marketing strategy which aims to targets a wider, more diverse audience, attract more applicants and recruit more from under-represented groups.

Additionally, we are legislating to increasing the judicial mandatory retirement age to 75. This will retain around 400 judges and 2,000 magistrates more annually, when compared to retaining the current age of 70.