Oral Answers to Questions — Magistrates (Selection)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Whitaker Mr Benjamin Whitaker , Hampstead 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

asked the Attorney-General what proposals he now has for altering the selection of magistrates.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Whitaker Mr Benjamin Whitaker , Hampstead

I warmly welcome the changes my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has made, but would it not be preferable to have as a criterion for selection the best possible people from all walks of life and not political nominations?

Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South

My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has emphasised that the over-riding consideration in the selection and appointment of justices is that they should be personally suitable in character, integrity, understanding and ability. Subject to that, justices should be drawn from all sections of the community and more and more steps are being taken to achieve that result.