Dr. PETER MINTO, BCAe
Dr. Peter Minto has served his community through education, the legal system and voluntary work. He has managed to combine a successful 33-year academic career teaching law to thousands of students, with many years of voluntary service.
He developed a joint scheme which allowed law degree undergraduates to complete a Higher Diploma in Paralegal Studies, allowing many students direct access to work in the legal profession.
Dr Minto served as a magistrate for 29 years, and now undertakes voluntary legal work for the local community.
He is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Frankland, a Category A jail with 820 prisoners, many of whom will never be released. He has compiled a ‘Basic Guide To Making A Simple Will Whilst in Custody’ to assist these people in dealing with their affairs, which he offers free of charge.
His nominator said: “Dr Minto has led an exceptional life of public service, which has seen a young man from a secondary school background with few formal qualifications take on and succeed in one of the most difficult professions to work in – legal education”.
Nominated by: Amy Purvis