The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire is Mrs Julie Spence OBE, QPM

The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and dates from the reign of Henry VIII when the holder was made responsible for local defence.

The major duty of a Lord-Lieutenant is to represent the Crown in her county. This involves receiving members of the Royal Family on visits to the county, certain ceremonial duties connected with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, presiding at various civic and social events and presenting some medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.

Clerk to the Lieutenancy

The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council.

Contact the Lord-Lieutenant

All enquiries should go to 01223 699 189 or [email protected].

Or you can write to her at:

The Lieutenancy Office Box No SH1104 Shire Hall Cambridge CB3 0AP

The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for Cambridgeshire

The Lord-Lieutenant is also Chairwoman of the Cambridgeshire Advisory Committee, which recommends the appointment of magistrates in the county.

Appointment of Justices of the Peace

The Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor appoints Justices of the Peace or magistrates on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

Six key qualities are sought in those applying to be magistrates:

  • good character
  • understanding and communication
  • social awareness
  • maturity and sound temperament
  • sound judgement
  • commitment and reliability

Magistrates normally exercise their duties as part of a bench of three. At all times they will have available to them the advice of a professional qualified court clerk.

There is no requirement for any formal qualifications. All newly appointed magistrates are required to undergo a programme of training. This is to enable them to develop the knowledge and skill necessary to be a competent and confident magistrate.

The Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor will not generally appoint a person over 65. Magistrates must retire at the age of 70.

All enquiries should go to:

Ms Siân Jones Secretary to the Cambs Advisory Committee Peterborough Magistrates Court Bridge Street Peterborough PE1 1ED

Tel: 01733 201 301

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