Magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in courts in their community. They can hear cases in the criminal court, the family court, or both.
Each case is usually heard by 3 magistrates, including a magistrate who is trained to act as a chairperson.
A legal adviser in the court gives advice on the law and makes sure the magistrates follow the right procedures.
My first visit to Kingston upon
Thames, interviewing staff. Looks like a very attractive place to work, albeit a drab grey day.
Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/19/autism-diagnosis-late-in-life-asperger-syndrome-john-harris
Junior doctor Carrie Adams had her baby taken away when she was a day old. Now she has won the right to reveal what happened to her.
Now, with the BMA’s help, she has won the right to reveal what happened to her.
— Read on www.bma.org.uk/features/bornofinjustice/
Missing special needs support ‘a national scandal’ – BBC News
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-46400397