WHAT do an NHS manager, a retired treasurer, a worker at Birmingham International Airport, a retired head teacher, a company director, a housewife, a semi-retired automotive engineer and a risk manager with the Gambling Commission have in common?
Answer: They are among the latest magistrates to join the Bench in Warwickshire.
The 13 took their oath of allegiance and judicial oath before His Honour Judge Christopher Hodson during the second of this year’s swearing-in ceremonies at Warwick Crown Court earlier this month.
The circuit judge, who regularly sits at Warwick and Coventry crown courts, said he was privileged to welcome the new JPs to the “judicial family.”
Judge Hodson said “You have not been chosen at random, you have been selected because you have demonstrated that you have those necessary qualities to fulfil the role of a judge. Moreover you will have shown that you have much to offer in terms of humanity, firmness, intelligence, compassion, commitment, judgment and, above all, commonsense.
“You will need to be understanding of the witnesses and defendants that come before you because they may have come from a different background to your own.
“Remember that for many of the defendants and witnesses appearing before you, the court appearance will have been something that has been on their mind for some time. They will be nervous, it will be a big day for them and your decision is likely to affect their lives for some considerable time to come.”
The new magistrates are Jane Betts, Stuart Brown, Nick Chambers, Mary Cornell, Ian Engall, Caroline Ewell, Nigel Freeman, Dr Stuart McIntyre, Marion Pogson, Patrick Ryan, Roger Stote, Diane Street and Will Trevor.