Wapping resident Ayesha Qureshi MBE has been appointed a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the East London Local Justice Area with courts sitting at Stratford and Thames Magistrate’s Courts.
“It’s very exciting but at the same time I have a great sense of responsibility,” says Ayesha.
“I am doing this because there needs to be a better representation of the community in the local justice area.
Being a JP is justice by the community for the community. You have to sit in the area that you live.”
Ayesha is currently a finance lawyer and was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for her role in the London Olympic bid.
She lives in Wapping with her husband and two young sons.
The term Justice of the Peace dates to 1361, in the reign of Edward III and the terms ‘JP’ and ‘magistrate’ are effectively interchangeable. The position is unpaid although there is a travel and subsistence allowance which can be claimed.
Magistrates deal with crimes like:
- Minor assaults
- Motoring offences
- Handling stolen goods
And they can give punishments such as:
- Unpaid work in the community
- Prison for up to 12 months
The ultimate in public service
“For me becoming a JP is the ultimate in public service because you give up your time for free, visit prisons, undergo training, it’s a huge commitment.”
Yet Ayesha is keen to encourage anybody who thinks they have something to contribute to consider becoming a JP.
For more information
- Justice of the peace (Wikipedia)
- Becoming a magistrate (Magistrates Association)
- Ayesha Qureshi MBE appointed as Justice of the Peace (probashebangladesh.com)