Want to uphold the law in your community? Break the law in your community: People with criminal records urged to become magistrates '"People aren't applying from ethnic minorities because they have the idea that people from their backgrounds don't become magistrates and that is obviously erroneous."' News.sky.com, 22nd August 2018. By some accounts criminals already run their prisons so why not the courts too? Britain really is going to the dogs, as Peter Hitchens says "welcome to the Third World without the sunshine".