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More magistrates needed in Warwickshire

FIFTEEN new magistrates are needed to preside over court hearings in Warwickshire.

The Coventry and Warwickshire bench currently has 260 on its roll.

Their powers include considering police warrants, determining bail and remand, deciding guilt and innocence after trials, and the full range of sentencing options for offenders including prison, community punishments and financial penalties.

The recruitment is led by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, chaired locally by Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox.

John Taylor JP, of the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench, said: “Being a magistrate is a civic duty that is challenging but hugely important.

“We welcome people to apply from all walks of life and aged 18 upwards. Full training and support is provided.”

Applications can be made by 30th March at www.gov.uk/become-magistrate

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