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BBC Radio 4 – Law in Action: ‘Magistracy: a jewel in the crown of justice’

Joshua Rozenberg from BBC Radio 4 spoke with Maidstone Bench Chair Gill Fryzer and John Bache from the Magistrates Association for his Law in Action programme.

They both spoke about what it means to be a magistrate, recruitment, morale and diversity on the Bench.

Gill also talks about magistracy being a ‘jewel in the crown of justice where people are tried by their peers’.

Joshua also visited a busy Crown Court where vulnerable or intimidated witnesses can give pre-recorded evidence and face cross-examination before the defendant stands trial.

Listen to the episode in full here (external link, opens in a new tab), or skip to 17:41 minutes to hear the Magistrates’ segment.

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