Becoming a magistrate: guidance for applicants

How to apply to become a magistrate, with questions to ask yourself before applying and details of how the recruitment process works.


Becoming a magistrate in England and Wales: guidance

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

Published 5 January 2014
Last updated 8 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated.

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

  3. Update to the attached guidance.

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

  5. Update to attached guidance notes

  6. Contact details and links updated in guidance document

  7. Guidance updated.

  8. Updated version of the guide

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  10. Minor update

  11. New version of the guidance document

  12. First published.