Regulation & Government

MoJ launches £1m magistrate recruitment campaign

It represents the ‘largest’ recruitment effort in the 650-year history of the magistracy and could increase the workforce by up to a third in the coming years.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a new £1m campaign seeking to boost magistrate numbers by 4,000, in a bid to help tackle the backlog of criminal cases caused by the pandemic.

The campaign aims to attract people from a range of backgrounds to make the magistracy “more representative” of the communities it serves, including teachers, bricklayers, stay-at-home parents, and any individuals who can “display reason and sound judgement”.

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