More Women as Magistrates!


A majority of magistrates are women but the sustained increase in their numbers may be concealing a reduction of social diversity on the bench, the national chair of the Magistrates Association has suggested.

The latest statistics show that 54% of all magistrates in England and Wales are women but Malcolm Richardson asked if that meant more middle-class partners who are either not working or only work part-time were joining the bench.

Well, good grief, why is that a problem? They are the ones with the time for it!

“There’s nothing to encourage and quite a lot to discourage employers allowing their employees to [join the bench]. There’s no requirement, as there is with reservists in the armed forces, to release them from work. The government must do more to encourage [those in work becoming magistrates as well].”

Like what? Make it a requirement? That’ll go down well!

The selection process needs to change, he believes. Recruitment of JPs is often opened on a county-wide basis and closed when three or four times the number of applicants to places has been reached.

“So it’s those people who have easy access to computers, are good at filling in forms and have knowledge of the process,” he said. One recent application competition in Buckinghamshire “was only open for a few hours”.

But aren’t those people the very ones suited to the job? Doers it help to have a PC-illiterate, actually illiterate, disorganised person on the bench?

Is it so someone can be ‘judged by their peers’?

Jo Shaw, of the Feminist Lawyers Society (Ed: Who knew..?), said: “I agree it is vital for our judiciary at all levels to reflect society, including socio-economic background. However the issue raised by the chair of the Magistrates Association about the risk posed by this trend of larger numbers of women magistrates is odd and suggests an agenda other than a wish for greater diversity.”

*rolls eyes* Unless you’re totally thick, ‘more diversity’ is exactly what he’s calling for…

6 comments for “More Women as Magistrates!

  1. August 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I don’t dare comment.

    • Mona
      August 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

      I will comment,, Jo Shaw says ” vital for our Judiciary to reflect society blah blah blah,” thats a fantastic new idea, lets incorporate the Sharia courts run only by males and a few drug dealers and burglars on the bench to reflect society properly

      • August 27, 2017 at 7:35 am

        Please don’t give them ideas!

  2. john in cheshire
    August 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    The people who are pushing these ideas are, at the outset revealed as in the ranks of the enemy. If the judiciary hasn’t yet been overrun by the collectivists then this is the time to get rid of them and their destructive ideas, before they take root.

  3. Errol
    August 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    They want diversity, but ‘their sort’ of diversity. Not actual diversity. As their sort of diversity are illiterate, innumerate and won’t speak English, why bother? They don’t go through UK courts any way. Most are here illegally.

    • August 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Spot on, they want people of all shapes, sizes and colours, but they must all THINK alike!

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