To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lay magistrates are currently in post, broken down by (1) socio-economic, and (2) ethnic, categories.
The tables below contain the number of serving magistrates in England and Wales broken down by socio-economic category and ethnicity.
Table 1: Socio-economic category
Socio-economic category has been interpreted to mean occupational group. Magistrates provide information about their occupational status on appointment. Due to practical constraints, this information is not routinely updated; for example, when a magistrates changes occupation. The information below, therefore, reflects the position at the time of appointment.
|Manager or senior official||4,080|
|Associate professional or technical occupation||2,124|
|Administrative or secretarial occupation||3,260|
|Skilled trades occupation||398|
|Personal service occupation||266|
|Sales or customer service occupation||307|
|Process, plant or machine operative||142|
|Never been in paid employment||29|
|Not in paid employment||1,318|
Table 2: Ethnicity