Role with the magistracy

In 2011 Justices of The Peace celebrated the 650th·anniversary of their creation in 1361. This ancient office continues to provide local justice for citizens. Justices of the Peace – more often known as magistrates - continue to be drawn from people of good character in all walks of life who are required to sit in judgement on their peers.

Today, the Lord-Lieutenant leads the local magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace in the County. Advisory Committees are responsible for recommending the appointment of magistrates in the County to the Lord Chancellor. The committee also has a role in ensuring the good conduct of magistrates.


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