Here are a few examples of dodgy judges, otherwise known as rogue judges, that have been dismissed, disciplined or resigned. Some judges even managed to get criminal convictions.
In my opinion, these judges are almost as questionable as the Sussex Family Justice Board.
- Judge Constance Briscoe was dismissed from the judiciary in 2014 after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice. She was sentenced to 16 months in prison for lying to the police during an investigation into former cabinet minister Chris Huhne’s speeding points.
- Judge Peter Smith resigned in 2016 after the JCIO began investigating Smith’s conduct in July 2015 about a matter involving British Airways and his luggage.
- Judge Beatrice Bolton. The Crown Court judge who was convicted of failing to control a dangerous dog will face no further disciplinary action after she handed in her resignation..
4. Judge Heather Perrin was dismissed from the judiciary in 2012 after being found guilty of professional misconduct for deceiving a client in a property deal.
JCIO Disciplinary Statements 2023
- Elisabeth Oats JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 31/23
- Lord Justice Clive Lewis – JCIO Investigation Statement 30/23
- Mr Justice Derek Sweeting – JCIO Investigation Statement 29/23
- Dr Christopher Pearson – JCIO Investigation Statement 28/23
- Jennifer Larkin JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 27/23
- Mr Richard Curry JP- JCIO Investigation Statement 25/23
- Judge Martin Brewer – JCIO Investigation Statement 24/23
- Nic Woods JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 23/23
- His Honour Judge Michael Slater – JCIO Investigation Statement 22/23
- Shushil Rai JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 21/23
- Dr John Stevens – JCIO Investigation Statement 20/23
- Jaganmohan Ramachandran JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 19/23
- Deputy District Judge Adam Tear – JCIO Investigation Statement 18/23
- Joanne Varley JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 17/23
- District Judge Sarah Walker – JCIO Investigation Statement 16/23
- Richard Goodwin JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 15/23
- Adrian Tasker JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 14/23
- Dr John Bennett– JCIO Investigation Statement 13/23
- Sasere Obaseki JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 12/23
- Jennifer Denton JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 11/23
- Abigail Buckingham JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 10/23
- Fiona Western JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 09/23
- His Honour Judge Andrew Easteal – JCIO Investigation Statement 08/23
- Mrs Olive Leighton JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 07/23
- Danny Goodchild JP– JCIO Investigation Statement 06/23
- Ken Stammers JP – JCIO Investigation Statement 05/23
- Ansar Hussain JP– JCIO Investigation Statement 04/23
- Jeb Singh JP– JCIO Investigation Statement 03/23
- Yu Tan JP– JCIO Investigation Statement 02/23
- Neale Murphy JP– JCIO Investigation Statement 01/23
A statement will normally be published when a disciplinary sanction has been issued to a judicial office-holder for misconduct.
The Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor may decide jointly to:
- issue a statement in any case;
- decline to issue a statement in any case;
- delete a statement prior to the expiration of the relevant publication period.
Statements published before 22 August 2022
Statements about cases which resulted in a sanction below removal from office will be deleted after one year. Statements about cases which resulted in removal from office will be deleted after five years.
Statements published from 22 August 2022
The following publication periods apply to statements published from 22 August 2022. Following the outcome of the 2020-22 review of the disciplinary system, statements now contain more detail. The JCIO privacy notice has been updated to reflect this change.
Sanction Imposed Publication Period Formal Advice Two Years Formal Warning Four Years Reprimand Six Years Removal from Office (except for failure to meet minimum sitting requirements) Indefinite Removal from Office for failure to meet minimum sitting requirements Five years JCIO Sanctions and Publication Period
Requesting a Copy of a Deleted Statement
A copy of any statement which has been deleted following expiration of its publication period can be requested by emailing: email@example.com
Requesters must state the name of the office-holder. It will also help to locate statements if requesters give as much information as possible about the nature of the conduct for which the office-holder received a disciplinary sanction, and the year in which they believe the statement was published.
JCIO aims to reply to all requests for deleted statements within 10 working days.Disciplinary Statements – JCIO
These example only represent a small fraction of judicial misconduct cases in the UK. These cases demonstrate the importance of judicial ethics and the need for accountability within the justice system.
The importance of maintaining high ethical standards in the UK judiciary cannot be overstated, and the consequences that judges may face if they engage in misconduct.
While it is important to hold judges accountable for their actions, instances of judges being dismissed for misconduct are relatively rare.
It is worth noting that the vast majority of judges in the UK are ethical and diligent in carrying out their duties. When instances of misconduct do occur, they are usually dealt with through disciplinary proceedings or other forms of corrective action.
Complain about a judge to the JCIO ?
The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) are an independent office which supports the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice in considering complaints about the personal conduct of judicial office holders.
Here is the complaint I made to the JCIO in November 2020 against DDJ Mills (Deputy District Judge Mills) that was unfortunately dismissed.
a) Was “rude and condescending” and spelt out his name M-I-L-L-S, he:
• “Appeared to have superiority complex by the language used”. He spelt out his name in “an incredibly patronising way”.
• Stated, “I suggest you continue your studies in English Law Mr Watts as you appear to know nothing“.
DDJ Mills and Miss Eleanor Harriet Battie of 1 Crown Office Reach (1COR) both appear to have suffered from amnesia. Deputy District Judge Chris Mills continues to sit (fee paid) and inflict himself on the public.
Fortunately for both of them the Court failed in its legal duty to record the hearing. How convenient ! Hearings at the Crown Court and at civil and family courts are always recorded.
“Having searched all the BT Meet Me recordings for the 1st of October it is unfortunate that I have to advise you that there must have been a technical glitch on that day and your hearing was not recorded.“Brighton County and Family Courts Court Clerk and Court Usher manager
“a particular burden on the court and herself, as an officer of the court, to ensure that everyone involved understood clearly what was being said.”Eleanor Battie Barrister JCIO
This statement is clearly untrue and misleading
“In the UK, barristers are not officers of the court unlike solicitors”.
It is possible that the JCIO misquoted Miss Battie, but as a barrister Eleanor Battie is bound by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) rules and code of conduct. Ms Battie, I believe, had a duty to immediately apologise for misleading the JCIO and to correct the record. I do not believe that this ever happened.
Read our article and analysis of Eleanor Battie Barrister
Read also the reviews of Gavin Howe Barrister
Fair dealing for criticism, review or quotation is allowed for any type of copyright work. All sources acknowledged. Article updated 7th October 2023 to include link to BSB Handbook 4.7 and latest JCIO Disciplinary Statements.
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