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Want to solve the crisis in courts? Allow magistrates to work past 70

An arbitrary age-cap is worsening the problems in our justice system

By Ros Altmann  

Lord Chancellor David Gauke. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

The UK justice system is facing a crisis. The problems in our prisons are well documented, while funding for legal aid has been dramatically reduced. Less attention has been paid to the falling number of magistrates, but the trend is alarming and has left many courts operating with just two on the bench rather than three.

This problem is worsened by the current policy that forces magistrates to retire at 70—even if they are ready, willing and able to continue.

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