Magistrates

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of magistrates were aged (a) over 65, (b) 55 to 65, (c) 45 to 55, (d) 35 to 45, (e) 25 to 35 and (f) under 25 on 1 April (i) 1989, (ii) 1994, (iii) 2000, (iv) 2005, (v) 2010 and (vi) 2014.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Magistrates from diverse backgrounds are vital in retaining public confidence in our justice system. We encourage applications from people from all walks of life who have the necessary skills, and we will continue to work to ensure that our magistrates reflect the make-up of modern Britain.

Age diversity data for the magistracy is not recorded for 1989, 1994 and 2000. The available data is capable of being reported in the categories shown below.

Year

Under 30

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-70

2005

>1%

>4%

15%

42%

39%

2010

>1%

>4%

14%

31%

51%

2014

>1%

>3%

12%

28%

57%

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