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. 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 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), then please compete the DCRM engagement form (external link).
London and the South East
Dippy Kharaud JP
Fozia Sadiq JP
Richard Hay JP
Luke Rigg JP
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Xingang Wang JP
Surrey and Sussex
David Williams JP and Peter Wood JP
Norfolk and Suffolk
Georgia Ramsay JP
Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire
Chika Udezue JP
Devon, Cornwall and Dorset
Agnieszka Wisniewska JP
Wilshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Neelam Aggarwal-Singh JP
Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and Lincolnshire
Pam Sheemar JP
Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire