Family Magistrate

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Family Courts

Are you between 18-65 and looking for a volunteering role that REALLY makes a difference?

Could you be a Family Court Magistrate?

Helping to make the lives of children better.

Dealing with cases relating to children, making decisions that try to keep children safe and protect them from harm. Working as a bench of three, taking advice from a trained Legal Advisor, Children & Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS) and the child’s guardian. As a team, we aim to create family environments that allow children to grow, thrive, and hopefully, to achieve their full potential. Typical cases include child protection and intervention in cases where parents have been separated. Family courts in Basingstoke, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight


Magistrates do not require formal legal qualifications or training before being appointed. However candidates must demonstrate six 'key qualities' – Good Character; Commitment and Reliability; Social Awareness; Sound Judgement; Understanding and Communication; Maturity and Sound Temperament. Full training.

Magistrates must have an ability to relate to and work with others and have respect/regard for their opinions and views given.


  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel and subsistence
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Full training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Written role description

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Availability Details

13 days a year plus additional training days

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