Sylvia Maharaj OBE

The Magistracy

SM DeskI became a magistrate in 1989 and later worked with the Youth Panel. This gave me a deeper insight on how young people think and why they behave the way they do.

With my appointment to the Magistracy I soon became aware of the need for more cultural awareness within the courts. Hence, upon my recommendation, formal training was introduced and continues to be effective.

I also Chaired the Licensing Bench for 4 years where, being the first BME person to hold this position in the court’s history, I championed the diversity agenda and worked within several other committees including the Lord Chancellors’ Advisory Committee interviewing and selecting new magistrates.

Click the links below for more information on the Magistracy and becoming a Magistrate:

Becoming a Magistrate

Magistrates Association.