Do you want to become a Magistrate?
Following the unprecedented success of the Operation Black Vote & Ministry of Justice Magistrates’ Shadowing Scheme, a series of free one day seminars entitled, ‘A Judiciary for All’ are being organised in regions across the country.
The aim of the seminars is to help improve Black and other minority ethnic (BME) representation within the magistracy and increase awareness within BME communities about the work of the courts.
The free seminars will provide individuals considering applying to the magistracy with the knowledge and understanding of the role of Magistrates and the work of the Criminal Justice System. Led by experienced Magistrates and court officials, the seminars will outline the roles and responsibilities of a Magistrate. Individuals will have an opportunity to deliberate sample cases, discuss the application process and court tours will be available in some areas.
Operation Black Vote is providing this unique learning opportunity to anyone who has a desire to become a Magistrate to play a full and positive role within our public institutions.
The seminars will run in May and June 2011 in the following areas: North-East London, North-West London, South-East London and Medway in Kent.
The following dates have been confirmed:
- South-East London - Saturday 16th July 2011
- North-East London - Saturday 23rd July 2011
Further areas and dates will be confirmed shortly.
Main picture: Scheme launch - Magistrates Richard Hay and Fozia Sadiq. Richard is a mentor for the OBV Magistrates Shadowing Scheme and Fozia was appointed as a magistrate after taking part in the programme.