Category Archives: Judiciary

Three judges sacked for watching porn – and a fourth resigns!


Three judges have been sacked for viewing pornographic material via their official IT accounts, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has said.

The pornography was not illegal in content, a spokesman added.

However the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice concluded it was an “inexcusable misuse” of their official accounts and “wholly unacceptable conduct for a judicial office holder”.

A fourth judge resigned before the official inquiry had concluded.

District Judge Timothy Bowles, Immigration Judge Warren Grant and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock have been removed from office.

The three judges were not linked in any way.

A fourth judge, Recorder Andrew Maw, was also found to have viewed similar inappropriate material via his judicial IT account.

Judge Maw worked at Lincoln County Court, District Judge Bowles at Romford County Court, Judge Bullock on the North Eastern Circuit, and Judge Grant at the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, based at Taylor House in London.

Criminal courts “expensive, inefficient and jury trials should be reduced”

The criminal justice system is inefficient, time-consuming, too expensive, and the right to trial by jury in some cases needs to be reconsidered a new report claims – which one commentator has said is a ‘Grayingesque step way too far.’ Ensuring prisoners turn up to court on time, introducing more flexible opening hours in magistrates’… Continue Reading

Disgraced Judge £150,000 in Debt

One of Britain’s first black female judges has become penniless and £150,000 in debt to the taxman since she was jailed for lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal, a court has heard. Following her release from prison, disgraced barrister and author Constance Briscoe has been supported by her 26-year-old son, who… Continue Reading

Judge resigns over racist comment

A judge has resigned after he allegedly told a court in Lancashire that a victim of crime “won’t be working anywhere important” because her surname is Patel. The Crown Prosecution Service said it made an official complaint about District Judge Richard Terrence Peter Hollingworth after his “inappropriate” comments about the harassment victim at Preston Magistrates’… Continue Reading

Judge kicked off the bench for inappropriate touching of a female

STATEMENT FROM THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS OFFICE – Deputy District Judge Douglas Harrison A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said: “Following an investigation by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office into an allegation made by a member of court staff that Deputy District Judge Douglas Harrison had inappropriately touched her waist and arm, the… Continue Reading

Briscoe Jailed for 16 Months

Disgraced barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe has been jailed for 16 months after being found guilty of lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal. She was convicted of three counts of trying to pervert the course of justice over the investigation into how disgraced cabinet minister Huhne passed speeding points to… Continue Reading

Briscoe Facing Jail Today

The effects of the trial are clear to see. A disgraced barrister and part-time judge was facing jail today after being found guilty of lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal. Constance Briscoe was accused of trying to pervert the course of justice in connection with the investigation into how disgraced cabinet… Continue Reading

Judges Should Not Make Political Statements

Claims by the European Court of Human Rights to set judge-made law on a widening range of social issues is threatening to undermine the sovereignty of Parliament, one of Britain’s most senior judges has warned – but critics have said judges should not make political statements while still on the bench. Lord Judge, the former… Continue Reading

Former Judge Jailed For Wrongful Murder Conviction

A former Texas judge charged over a wrongful murder conviction when he was a prosecutor agreed to a 10-day jail sentence, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prisonfor nearly 25 years. Ken Anderson will also be disbarred and must serve 500 hours of community service as part of a… Continue Reading

Judge Briscoe charged with perverting the course of justice

One of the country’s most prominent black woman judges, from south-west London, has vowed to fight allegations that she perverted the course of justice in connection with the Chris Huhne trial. Constance Briscoe, 56, is accused of two counts of the offence, relating to statements that were made to Essex Police. In a statement issued… Continue Reading