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Office for Judicial Complaints: Annual Report

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

With the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, I will today publish the first annual report for the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC).

I welcome the publication of this report, which provides details of the OJC’s first year of operation and the complaints that it has dealt with. The OJC undertakes a key role in supporting the Lord Chief Justice and me in our joint responsibility for the system of judicial complaints and discipline.

The publication of this report marks the first occasion on which comprehensive details of complaints received about judicial office holders have been made available to the public in this way.

I believe that the report reflects the significant work undertaken by the staff of the OJC under the leadership of the head of the OJC, Dale Simon, during its first year of operation. I am sure that the office will build on this solid foundation in the coming years.

Copies of the report are available in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. Copies of the report are also available on the internet at: www.judicialcomplaints.gov.uk/publications/publications.htm.