Magistrates facing recruitment crisis

John Bache, chairman of the Magistrates Association, has warned that magistrates are facing a recruitment crisis, with the need to hire another 9,000 in the next ten years “just to stand still”. He told the Times that there were now 16,000 magistrates in England and Wales, half as many as 20 years ago, and that half would retire in the next decade. Mr Bache also said more magistrates were retiring than were being appointed, while 56% of magistrates were over 60 and so would have to retire within the next ten years. He predicted that the new judicial statistics released today would show a further fall to 15,000.

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Posted 12/07/2018