HOW TO BECOME A MAGISTRATE PASS THE MAGISTRATE SELECTION PROCESS
If you are thinking of becoming a magistrate this website will provide you will all the information you need in order to pass the magistrate selection process in England and Wales. The first step in your preparation for magistrate selection is to gain an understanding of how you will be assessed during the application form, the first interview and also the second interview.
HOW TO PASS THE MAGISTRATE SELECTION PROCESS
The magistrate selection process essentially consists of three different key areas. During each area you will be assessed primarily against the 6 key qualities that are required to perform the role competently and professionally.
Before we take a look at both sets of interviews let us think about the application form and how you can demonstrate the 6 key qualities.
The 6 key qualities for becoming a magistrate in England and Wales are as follows:
• Good character – This means being able to demonstrate personal integrity, having the respect and the trust of others, not having anything in your personal/professional life that may bring the magistracy in to dispute, a willingness to maintain confidentiality.
As you can imagine, the position of magistrate is highly responsible. The Local Advisory Group must be 100% confident that you are of good character before they will invite you to become a magistrate.
• Understanding and communication - This means being able to interpret and understand relevant documents, being able to comprehend the facts of a case, following evidence and different arguments and an ability to communicate effectively with everyone in the courtroom including the other magistrates who are on the bench.
• Social awareness – Unsurprisingly, being socially aware is very important to the role of a magistrate. You must be able to accept and understand the rule of the law, have a general understanding of your local community and the wider issues that affect it, have respect for different backgrounds, beliefs, be respectful of people from different cultures, religions and of different social backgrounds.
• Maturity and sound temperament – Have an ability to work with other people, have respect and regard for others and their opinions, consider taking advice, have maturity, courage, resilience, confidence, decisiveness and a sense of fairness and courtesy.
• Sound judgement – As you are already aware, part of the role of a magistrate is being able to demonstrate sound judgement based on facts. This means having a level of common sense, being able to act logically, weigh up arguments, have an open mind and also setting aside any prejudices.
• Commitment and reliability – This key quality is very important and you will be assessed against this at every stage of the magistrate selection process. You need to be able to demonstrate a commitment to serving the community, be willing to undertake 26 half day sittings per year, undergo relevant training and be of sufficiently good health. You will also need the support of your family and employer to be considered.
The above list is certainly not exhaustive and you should download a copy of the 6 key qualities before you apply to ensure that you are able to meet them. You can apply to become a magistrate and obtain a copy of the 6 key qualities here.
Application and Interviews
If you application is successful you will then be invited to attend a first interview which will be held within a Government building. The first interview is basically a fact finding interview where the panel will ask you questions about your level of commitment, your reliability, your reasons for applying and also why you want to become a magistrate. If you successfully pass the magistrate first interview you will be invited to attend a second interview.
The magistrate second interview is more in-depth and whilst they may ask you similar questions to the first interview you will be required to undergo a ranking exercise and also a case study. During the ranking exercise you will be asked to read a list of offences before ranking the first four most serious offences in order.There are no right or wrong answers but you will be asked to justify why you chose your particular four choices. Y
ou should be prepared to listen to counter arguments from the panel; remember to read the six key qualities and demonstrate them during the interview.
After the magistrate first interview you will then sit the case study. This is a fictitious scenario where you will be required to state what level of punishment you would consider passing down based on the facts of the case and the mitigating circumstances.
The entire selection process is not easy to pass but it is essential that you be yourself during the application form and also at interviews.
One of the most effective ways to pass the magistrate selection process is to obtain a copy of our excellent how to become a magistrate guide at the bottom of this page...
HOW TO BECOME A MAGISTRATE MAIN PRODUCT FEATURES
- Advice on how to pass the magistrate selection process.
- Completing the magistrate application form correctly.
- Sample first interview questions and case study/ranking exercises.
- Lots of sample responses to the interview and application form questions.
HOW TO BECOME A MAGISTRATE
For anyone who is interested in becoming a magistrate in England and Wales the following guide is an excellent resource for helping you pass the application form and both sets of interviews.
The guide itself has been created in conjunction with Lawyers and Barristers and provides an invaluable insight into this exciting and responsible role. The guide contains the following key areas:
- What you need to consider before you apply to become a magistrate.
- The role of a magistrate and what is involved.
- The essential six key qualities that are required to perform the role competently.
- How to demonstrate that you have the six key qualities during the selection process.
- Where to apply to become a magistrate and what to include on the application form.
- Insider tips and advice brought to you from serving magistrates.
- What the selection process involves for becoming a magistrate.
- Court room procedure and the process of sentencing.
How to complete the magistrate application form to ensure success
- Where to obtain the application form and how to apply.
- Detailed information on what the assessors are looking for in successful applications.
- Sample successful responses to the application form.
- Using keywords and phrases that match the qualities required to become a magistrate.
- Insider tips on how to ensure your application gets through.
- The common mistakes that you MUST avoid if you are to be successful.
How to pass the magistrate first and second interviews
- • Actual sample interview questions.
- • Detailed explanation on what the Local Advisory Committee are looking for.
- • Sample successful responses to the interview questions.
- • How you will be assessed during the first and second interviews.
- • Insider tips on how to pass the interviews.
- • How to ensure SUCCESS and create the right impression.
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