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Magisterial Committee

The job of the Magisterial Committee is to ensure magistrates and District Judges (magistrates’ courts) are adequately trained to fulfil their judicial roles and functions; to ensure that justices’ clerks and legal advisers receive appropriate judicial training; and to ensure that there is consistency in the training magistrates receive at local area, regional level and nationally.

 The Committee is chaired by a High Court judge and consists of four magistrates, a justices’ clerk, three district judges (magistrates’ courts), and representatives from the Magistrates’ Association, the Justices’ Clerks’ Society and Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS). Representatives from across the Ministry of Justice and of the Home Office attend the meetings in an advisory capacity.

It is organised into four strands:

  • Supporting magistrate training through the provision of guidance and training materials for local delivery.
  • The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation processes to support and improve the local delivery of magistrate and legal adviser training.
  • Supporting the judicial role of justices’ clerks and legal advisers by the delivery of induction training and by the provision of other material for continuing training.
  • Delivery of direct training to bench chairmen, training and development committee (TDC) chairmen, district judges of the magistrates’ courts and their deputies (DJs(MC) and DDJs(MC)).

The Magisterial Committee has four sub committees which all meet three times a year.

  1. Magisterial Family Sub Committee
    Responsible for the development of training policy and resources for magistrates on family matters.

  2. Legal Adviser Sub Committee
    This sub committee oversees the work on justices’ clerk and legal adviser training. The chairman of the Magisterial Committee chairs this sub-committee, and membership includes a justices’ clerk and a legal adviser appointed by open competition.

  3. Adult and Youth Sub Committee
    This sub committee identifies the training needs of magistrates that sit in the adult criminal and youth courts and oversees the planning and delivery of training solutions to meet those needs.

  4. District Judge ( Magistrates’ Courts) Sub Committee
    The magistrates unit administers training courses for both DJ(MC) and DDJ(MC) and this sub committee ensures their training needs are met.
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