B201 Business organisations and their environments
When I was at school my ideal career was to join the police force, however whilst applying it became clear my eyesight was too poor to meet their requirements so I never made it past the medical. I went to college to study business and learn key skills such as typing and shorthand and I have used these skills throughout my career, but as I get older I wonder if there is a way I could, or should, give back to the community in some small way. I have often wondered what it would take to become a magistrate and this exercise has given me the opportunity to research the role.
Flexible Working – defined as any working schedule that is outside of a normal working pattern (for example 9 to 5). It can mean the employee has variables such as when they are required to work or even their place of work.
The magistrate role is one you do whilst employed; you volunteer your own time. There is a really good leaflet provided by the magistrates association (Magistrates Association, May 2010), that gives great advice on how to have the conversation with your employer and make a business case for why you should take time out of your working life. You will be required to be in court for at least 13 days, or 26 half-days, a year. You will get your rota well in advance, so you can give your employer plenty of notice of when you’ll be in court (Gov.uk, 2015). Magistrates are expected to live or work within the area they expect to be based. There used to be a condition that magistrates had to live within 15 miles of the relevant area but this was changed slightly under the Courts Act 2003 (legislation.gov.uk, 2003). The need for a connection with the area does make sense as there will be many occasions when local knowledge of matters such as housing, education and employment opportunities or the lack of them as well as social problem areas will be important when it comes to making decisions...