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Who are they? All magistrates sit in adult criminal courts as panels of three, mixed in gender, age and ethnicity whenever possible to bring a broad experience of life to the bench. All three members of the panel have equal decision-making powers but only one member, the chairman, speaks in court and presides over proceedings. A qualified legal adviser is available to the panel at all times. Magistrates do not require legal training.
Decided Cases will be published on this page the day after judgments have been handed down. Please refer to our Latest judgments section for the most recent judgments given immediately after hand-down. Judgments are also available in HTML format on the BAILII website . For Judgments handed down before 31 July 2009 please refer to the House of Lords or BAILII websites.
Amnesty International UK / www.amnesty.org.uk What's poverty got to do with human rights? 840 million people are chronically malnourished. 100 million have no access to education. 11 million children die before the age of five every year.