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Judges: Disqualification

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges have been removed from the bench following an investigation by the Office for Judicial Complaints since April 2006. (212169)

The Office for Judicial Complaints has responsibility for managing the procedures that enable the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice to reach decisions to remove judicial office holders. That term comprises magistrates, coroners, and fee paid and full-time judiciary who sit in the tribunals, the Crown and county courts and above. Since April 2006 to date, 37 judicial office holders have been removed from office following investigations carried out in accordance with the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2006, the Judicial Complaints (Tribunals) Rules 2006 and the Judicial Complaints (Magistrates) Rules 2006. Information about judicial disciplinary decisions is published in the Office for Judicial Complaints' annual report which can be accessed on:

www.judicialcomplaints.gov.uk