A member of the House of Lords has appealed for more people from ethnic minority communities to become magistrates.
Lord Falconer wants the magistracy to be more diverse
Lord Falconer said the myth that a magistrate had to be a white, middle class, middle-aged professional was
"erroneous" and should be challenged.
The constitutional affairs secretary made the comments while visiting Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday.
Of the 322 magistrates in Dorset, only eight come from an ethnic minority.
Lord Falconer said: "We need to re-double our efforts and recruit younger magistrates and increase the number of candidates from a more diverse background."
The minister spoke while touring several agencies and staff within the Criminal Justice System (CJS).
The county's youngest sitting magistrate, 29-year-old Heidi Leavesley, was appointed last year.
She said: "Becoming a magistrate has been rewarding for so many reasons.
"The role is so stimulating and challenging personally and allows me to make a real contribution to my community."