The Lord Chancellor is responsible for the appointment, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, of all magistrates, otherwise known as justices of the peace, in England and Wales.
The Lord Chancellor is assisted in this task by Advisory Committees which normally cover counties or metropolitan areas. In Staffordshire there is one Advisory Committee.
The office of magistrate has existed in England and Wales for hundreds of years. People holding the office perform and essential public service by dispensing justices within the criminal justice system and hearing a range of non-criminal cases. Today there are 28,000 magistrates in England and Wales and they all give their time and expertise voluntarily.
Magistrates come from a whole range of backgrounds and occupations. They are men and women with sound judgment and personal integrity. They know their local community well, are able to listen to all sides of an argument and can contribute to fair and reasonable decisions. They are also reliable and prepared to give up their time to perform this vital role.
Magistrates' Courts in Staffordshire
To find contact details of the Magistrates' Courts below, please visit the Court Finder on the Directgov website.
Burton upon Trent
Newcastle under Lyme
Stoke on Trent
Are you interested in becoming a magistrate?
If you are interested in becoming a magistrate you can find out more information on the DirectGov website.