Personal qualitiesYou need to show you’ve got the right personal qualities, for example that you are:
- aware of social issues
- mature, understand people and have a sense of fairness
- reliable and committed to serving the community
- understand documents, follow evidence and communicate effectively
- think logically, weigh up arguments and reach a fair decision
"Common"...........usual, ordinary, customary, habitual, familiar, regular, frequent, repeated, recurrent, routine, everyday, daily, day-to-day, quotidian, standard, typical
It seems, however, that the good J.P. folk of Dorset don`t know their own rules. Rachel Small , a recently appointed magistrate interviewed by the Daily Echo with regard to magistrate recruitment, is quoted as saying inter alia, "They can come from all backgrounds, but must have "common sense and personal integrity". Her full interview is available here.
From my years on the bench and nine years of seeking out various goings on at magistrates` courts for this blog the lack of common sense amongst recently appointed benches in recent years seems to be a logical conclusion for some strange or very unusual decisions.
The magistracy is far from being the only organisation where common sense is noted for its absence. I don`t know the qualities essential to being an Inspector in Surrey Constabulary but a brief reading of the case of an officer cleared of a misconduct charge of stealing colleagues` biscuits leads me to think that perhaps some training in such is called for there.