Dozens of people turned up to an event to find out about the work of magistrates in Waltham Forest.

Over 50 people attended the information day put together by North East London Magistates’ Association at Walthamstow Central Library on Saturday, December 9.

Organiser MR Raja Ali, who has been a magistrate for four years, said: “I saw the need to reach out to people and we were raising awareness among the public about what we do.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

“We asked people if they knew what a magistrate does and a lot of people didn’t.

“Young, old, Christian, Muslim Jewish and people from all different backgrounds turned up.

“We were exceptionally pleased with the event.”

To become a magistrate a person needs to be 18 years or over and have a minimum of 13 free days per year to take on the voluntary role.

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