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Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her plans are to increase diversity of membership among the magistracy in Lancashire. (108557)

Magistrates are recruited and selected by local Advisory Committees who follow the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor’s directions when making recommendations for appointment to the magistracy. This provides guidance that each local justice area should broadly reflect the community it serves. The Lancashire Advisory Committee will be meeting early in 2007 to consider what is required to improve the diversity of the magistracy in Lancashire. This will include reaching out to different parts of the community by, for example, arranging presentations for local community groups and articles in the local press.