Becoming a magistrate: guidance for applicants

Visit the Volunteer to be a Magistrate website to find out what to do before applying, details of the recruitment process and apply online.

Applies to England and Wales


Apply online to be a magistrate


Apply to become a magistrate online

Find out what magistrates are expected to do, what goes on inside court and apply online.

Get guidance on completing an application form to become a magistrate, including details of what you need to supply for restricted occupations, criminal records, key attributes for the role and references.

Find out more about how to volunteer as a magistrate and decide if it’s the right opportunity for you.

Published 5 January 2014
Last updated 24 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Removed guidance document and changed details to link to the new online application process at

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  4. Removal of guide for applications up to 31 May 2019

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  6. Adding guidance on the new recruitment process from 1 June 2019

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  12. Minor update

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