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Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates

DCRM in action at a local school

The work of the Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates (DCRMs)

Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates are appointed by the Lord Chief Justice. DCRMs act as a conduit between the magistracy and the community and members of the public and contribute to a range of diversity efforts within the judiciary. The DCRMs play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in new tab). Their activities inform and educate people about the role of a magistrate and help bust the myths that prevail. Through these efforts DCRMs work to increase public confidence in the justice system through a more accurate portrayal of how it works.

Who the DCRMs work with

DCRMs are expected to liaise with the Regional/Welsh Leadership Magistrates and be a member of the Regional/Wales Leadership Magistrates Group. DCRMs will work alongside Advisory Committees in a strategic way and the local branch of the Magistrates’ Association so as not to duplicate outreach work.

What the DCRMs do

The main role of a DCRM is:

  • to actively engage with the community, increase public trust in the justice system and progress towards a more diverse and inclusive judiciary;
  • to encourage those from under-represented groups to consider becoming a magistrate;
  • to proactively support the objectives of the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (“JDIS”) 2020 – 2025.

Find your local DCRM

If you would like to get in touch with your local DCRM to check their availability for a particular event (for example to speak at your school, college/university or community group) please contact JudicialHRDiversityEvents@judiciary.uk

London and the South East

Name Location
Dippy Kharaud JP London
Donna Han JP Thames Valley
Luke Rigg JP Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Xingang Wang JP Surrey and Sussex
David Williams JP and Peter Wood JP Norfolk and Suffolk

South West

Name Location
Georgia Ramsay JP Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire
Chika Udezue JP Devon, Cornwall and Dorset
Agnieszka Wisniewska JP Wilshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Midlands

Name Location
Neelam Aggarwal-Singh JP Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, & Lincolnshire
Pam Sheemar JP Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire
Catherine Sheil JP West Mercia and Staffordshire
John-Charles Tanner JP Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

North East

Name Location
Amie Canham JP North and West Yorkshire
Richard Scothon JP Northumbria
George Spiteri JP Humber and South Yorkshire
Ian Thompson JP Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington

North West

Name Location
Graham Buckley JP Greater Manchester
Andrew Emmerson JP Cheshire and Merseyside
Mohammad Najib JP Cumbria and Lancashire

Wales

Name Location
Susan Thomas JP South Wales