Magistrate advisory committee recruitment information

You can now find details of vacancies in your area and apply online at the Volunteer to be a Magistrate website.

Applies to England and Wales


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

Find out if your local area is recruiting magistrates for the family and criminal magistrates’ courts and apply online.

You can complete an online application if there are current vacancies or register your interest for when applications open in the future.

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

Published 3 October 2013
Last updated 24 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Removed document showing current vacancies for magistrates and changed details to link to the new online application process at

  2. Recruitment open: Derbyshire (Family); London (Criminal); Nottinghamshire (Family) Recruitment closed: Birmingham & Solihull (Criminal); Black Country (Criminal)

  3. Recruitment closed: Derbyshire (Family); Nottinghamshire (Family)

  4. Online applications to Cambridgeshire and Cumbria & Lancashire have now closed.

  5. Recruitment closed: Avon & Somerset & Gloucestershire (Criminal); Cumbria (Criminal); Devon, Cornwall and Dorset (Criminal); Lancashire (Criminal & Family); Leicestershire & Rutland (Family); Lincolnshire (Family); Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & Rutland (Family); Wiltshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight (Criminal).

  6. Recruitment closed: London (Criminal)

  7. Recruitment open: Black Country (Criminal); Birmingham & Solihull (Criminal); Derbyshire (Family); Nottinghamshire (Family). Recruitment closed: Staffordshire (Criminal); Wales - North Wales - Clwyd and Gwynedd, Dyfed Powys, Gwent, Mid & South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan (Criminal & Family); West Mercia - Herefordshire (Criminal) and Worcestershire (Criminal).

  8. Recruitment for Lancashire (Family) open until 31 October 2021

  9. Recruitment for Cumbria (Criminal) and Lancashire (Criminal) open until 19 October 2021. Recruitment for Lancashire (Family) open until 30 November 2021.

  10. Recruitment open: Leicestershire & Rutland (Family) Recruitment closed: Birmingham and Solihull (Criminal); Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (Criminal); Greater Manchester (Criminal)

  11. Recruitment open: Birmingham and Solihull (Criminal); Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (Criminal); Devon, Cornwall and Dorset (Criminal); Lincolnshire (Family); Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & Rutland (Family) Recruitment closed: Greater Manchester (Family)

  12. Recruitment opens for Avon & Somerset & Gloucestershire (Crime) 1 September 2021

  13. Adding links to recruitment document for online applications to vacancies for Cambridgeshire; West London; and Cumbria and Lancashire.

  14. Recruitment open: Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and West London (criminal court only) - online applications from 19 July 2021.

  15. Recruitment open: Avon & Somerset & Gloucestershire (Family); Cumbria (Criminal); Herefordshire (Criminal); Lancashire (Criminal & Family); Staffordshire (Criminal); Thames Valley (Criminal & Family); Wiltshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight (Criminal); Worcestershire (Criminal) Recruitment closed: Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire (Criminal)

  16. Recruitment open: Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire (Criminal). Recruitment closed: Cumbria (Criminal & Family); Derbyshire (Criminal); Herefordshire (Criminal); Nottinghamshire (Criminal); Shropshire (Criminal & Family); Staffordshire (Criminal); Worcestershire (Criminal)

  17. Recruitment closed: Leicestershire & Rutland (Criminal); Lincolnshire (Criminal); Northamptonshire (Criminal).

  18. Recruitment open: London (Criminal & Family)

  19. Recruitment closed: Avon & Somerset (Family); Devon & Cornwall and Dorset (Family); London (Family); Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (Family)

  20. Recruitment open: Lincolnshire (Criminal from 1 April 2021)

  21. Recruitment open: Northamptonshire (Criminal from 1 April 2021); London (Family); Leicestershire & Rutland (Criminal from 1 April 2021); Greater Manchester (Family from 1 April 2021)

  22. Recruitment open: Thames Valley (Criminal & Family); Shropshire (Criminal & Family). Recruitment closed: Cheshire (Criminal); Lancashire (Criminal).

  23. Recruitment now open: Avon & Somerset (Family); Devon & Cornwall and Dorset (Family); Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (Family)

  24. Recruitment open: Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington (Criminal & Family); Humber and South Yorkshire (Criminal & Family); London (Criminal); Yorkshire, North and West (Criminal & Family) Recruitment closed: Cheshire (Family); Merseyside (Criminal & Family)

  25. Cheshire (Criminal & Family) and Merseyside (Criminal & Family) are open for recruitment.

  26. Recruitment open: Derbyshire (Criminal); Herefordshire (Criminal); Nottinghamshire (Criminal); Staffordshire (Criminal); Worcestershire (Criminal). Recruitment closed: Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire (Criminal); Cheshire (Criminal & Family); Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington (Criminal & Family); Devon, Cornwall, Dorset (Criminal); Greater Manchester (Criminal & Family); Humber and South Yorkshire (Criminal & Family); London (Criminal); Merseyside (Criminal & Family); Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight (Criminal); Yorkshire, North and West (Criminal & Family).

  27. Recruitment closed: Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire (Criminal); Leicestershire & Rutland (Criminal); Lincolnshire (Criminal); Northamptonshire (Criminal).

  28. Recruitment now open: Wales (Criminal and Family)

  29. Recruitment open: Cheshire (Criminal & Family)

  30. Recruitment now open: Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire (Criminal); Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire (Criminal); Devon, Cornwall, Dorset (Criminal); Greater Manchester (Criminal & Family); Leicestershire & Rutland (Criminal); Lincolnshire (Criminal); London (Criminal); Merseyside (Criminal & Family); Northamptonshire (Criminal); Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight (Criminal) Recruitment closed: Derbyshire (Family); Nottingham (Family); Wales (Criminal & Family)

  31. Cumbria (Family) closing date for applications extended to 31 October 2020.

  32. Contact details have been updated for the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull and Coventry and Warwickshire Advisory Committee – Crime bench.

  33. Recruitment now open: Derbyshire (Family); Greater Manchester (Criminal); Nottingham (Family).

  34. Recruitment closed: Merseyside (Criminal & Family); Staffordshire (Family).

  35. Staffordshire recruitment extended to 20 July 2020 by 12 noon.

  36. Updates to recruitment document: Areas open: Kent; Cambridgeshire & Essex; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Norfolk and Suffolk and Surrey and Sussex. Merseyside – Criminal and Family. Recruitment open in Wales. Recruitment closed: West Mercia and Staffordshire (Family).

  37. Update to areas currently recruiting magistrates. Recruitment open: Cumbria (Criminal & Family)

  38. Update to areas currently recruiting magistrates. Recruitment now open: Cumbria (Criminal); Northumbria (Criminal and Family); West Mercia and Staffordshire (Family). Recruitment now closed: Birmingham, Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire (Family).

  39. Update to areas currently recruiting magistrates. Recruitment now open: Birmingham, Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire (Family); Merseyside (Criminal & Family). Recruitment now closed: Avon & Somerset and Gloucestershire (Family); Cumbria (Criminal); Greater Manchester (Criminal & Family); Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire (Family); North & South Northumbria (Criminal & Family).

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  53. Recruitment dates for North & South Northumbria (Adult Criminal)

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  59. Adding vacancies for Wiltshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (Family)

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  61. New recruitment document published - June 2019

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  86. Coventry & Warwickshire does not currently have vacancies

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  90. Change to recruitment dates in Wales.

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  109. New magistrate vacancies added for London local justice areas.

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