MAGISTRATES are needed to join the judiciary across the West Midlands.
Up to 45 new magistrates are being sought to serve the community by hearing cases such as theft, assault, shoplifting, burglary and drink driving.
Punishments such as fines, unpaid work in the community and prison sentences of up to 12 months can be dealt by those in the roles.
A spokesman for the recruitment advisory committee said: “Becoming a magistrate allows you to give back to your community as well as challenging yourself and the ways you think, along with the opportunity to learn new skills.
“Magistrates enhance their listening skills and practise strong, evidence-based decision-making, as well as improving their abilities in effective communication. These skills will undoubtedly help you in work and everyday life.”
Magistrates must be aged 18 to 65 and be of good character.
Training is given and a qualified legal adviser is always present in court to assist.
Applications are open from Tuesday September 1 to Wednesday September 30.
Visit www.direct.gov.uk/magistrates for more information.