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.