Yeah, I know, big surprise:
Helen Heenan says:
August 22 2016 at 8:29 pm
“I think it absolutely wrong that magistrates are unpaid.”
There are about 30.000 of us out there in the country that find the system works well on a voluntary basis. It’s rare to hear anyone criticising a volunteer lay magistracy. If you think we are still the great and the good, and ladies who lunch, and that we are unrepresentative of the general public, I would have to disagree. I’d be interested in your objections.
Richard Murphy says:
August 22 2016 at 9:45 pm
I believe people will be excluded by the rule
Many self employed, for example
And that’s not reasonable
Approximately 30,000 magistrates serve the community voluntarily and they are not paid for their work in the courts. However they are entitled to some allowances such as travel, subsistence and financial loss, which is limited to a specific amount. The amount that may be claimed by justices for financial loss allowance is subject to an upper limit which varies depending on whether they are employed or self employed, the current maximum payable for sittings exceeding four hours is £116.58 for self-employed justices and £93.27 for other justices.
Now I realise that £15 to £20 an hour won’t sound like much to someone living off tax free research grants. But a really rather large number of people think that’s a very fair addition to the joy of being able to serve the community. Like, you know, the 30,000 people who do it?