3. 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 won’t 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.
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