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I was a magistrate who had to retire on turning 70, and it is entirely right that I had to do so. A recruitment crisis may justify temporarily lifting this ban; but the principle that the bench should as nearly as possible reflect society at large is important. Defendants may have made unwise choices, but they should all feel that those judging them do understand their circumstances in life. Having an increasingly elderly magistracy (Letters, 3 January), when relatively few defendants come from this age group, does not assist in promoting this aim.
Peter Braggins
Frittenden, Kent

• Saturday’s travel section (5 January) recommends 40 of the hottest destinations for 2019. About 75% of these would require access by air, thus helping to ensure that they will be even hotter in future.
Peter Leach
Nercwys, Flintshire

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