House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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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 how many lay magistrates are currently in post, broken down by (1) socio-economic, and (2) ethnic, categories.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

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.

Occupation Number
Manager or senior official 4,080
Professional occupation 6,267
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
Elementary occupation 123
Never been in paid employment 29
Not in paid employment 1,318
Retired 760
Self-employed 798
Unknown 229
Total 20,101

Table 2: Ethnicity

Ethnic Category Number
White 18,271
Mixed 130
Black 599
Asian 919
Chinese 43
Any Other 137
Unknown 2
Total 20,101

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