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London seeks 350 magistrates to fill ageing bench (2 May 2017) (United Kingdom)

Law Society Gazette

he judiciary has embarked on a recruitment drive to fill magistrates benches across London in the wake of a wave of retirements and resignations over court closures.

The London Magistrates' Advisory Service said today it is recruiting up to 350 magistrates. It wants to attract applicants of all ages and communities so that those on the bench reflect the capital's 'changing' community.

Central London magistrate Jacqui MacDonald-Davis, a qualified teacher, said the magistracy has been missing out on a 'large swathe' of potential applicants because of the 'many misconceptions out there'.

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