Justice: Magistracy

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a breakdown of the socio-economic profile of the lay magistracy; and, if so, how many lay magistrates fall into each group.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Applicants to the magistracy are asked to signify which occupational group they regard themselves as belonging to. A breakdown of that information for the 24,003 magistrates currently in service is shown below:

Occupation Category Total No. %
Manager or Senior Official 4,849 20.20
Professional Occupation 7.610 31.71
Associate Professional or Technical Occupation 2,502 10.42
Administrative or Secretarial Occupation 3,915 16.31
Skilled Trades Occupation 513 2.13
Personal Service Occupation 330 1.37
Sales or Customer Service Occupation 363 1.51
Process, Plant or Machine Operative 175 0.73
Elementary Occupation 154 0.64
Never Been in Paid Employment 39 0.16
Not in Paid Employment 1658 6.91
Retired 898 3.75
Self-Employed 953 3.98
Unknown 44 0.18
Total 24,003 100

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