Magistrates, also known as Justices of the Peace, are individuals from all walks of life who are passionate about making a difference in their local communities. They volunteer for at least 13 days a year, plus training, to hear a variety of cases in our courts. Magistrates sit in the Magistrates’ courts, dealing with criminal and civil proceedings, or the Family Court, or both. The role is unpaid and many magistrates are employed alongside their role.

‘Let’s Talk About Magistrates’

A short 30 second animation outlining some key information.

Interviews with Magistrates

Watch Janice and Bethany, mother and daughter, discuss what motivated them to become magistrates and some of their highlights.

Volunteer to Become a Magistrate

To volunteer, visit: Magistrates Recruitment – Volunteer as a magistrate (