Become a magistrate

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Apply to be a magistrate

Visit your local court

You should visit your local court at least once, and a few times if you can, to check the role is right for you.

As family cases are heard in private, you will not be able to visit a family court before you apply.

Use the court finder to find your nearest court.

The court can let you know when it’s best to visit and which courtrooms to go and see.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to talk about your visits.

Find out where to apply

You need to apply to the advisory committee for your local court.

Check the list of advisory committees to find out if there are any vacancies in your area, and where you need to apply.

Application form

You can download the application form and guidance notes and email or post it to the advisory committee for your area.

Recruitment queries

Contact your local advisory committee if you have a question about applying to become a magistrate.

You can also contact the Magistrates HR Team.

Magistrates HR Team