The technical difficulties temporarily preventing the JCIO from receiving telephone enquiries have now been resolved.
3 November 2017 – Telephone enquiries
The JCIO is currently unable to receive telephone enquiries due to technical difficulties. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you wish to contact the office in the meantime, please do so by email or post.
Post: JCIO, 81-82 Queen’s Building, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL
27 October 2017 – Mr Justice Peter Smith
The JCIO confirmed in July 2015 that it was investigating Mr Justice Peter Smith about a matter involving British Airways and his luggage which came to light during Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways, a case he was hearing. In Spring 2016 the JCIO confirmed that it was investigating a second linked matter connected to the case of Harb v Aziz which he had heard and was subject to an appeal. In May 2016, the JCIO said that the judge had agreed to refrain from sitting until Harb v Aziz had been resolved. He subsequently agreed to continue to refrain from sitting while investigations continued. A disciplinary panel hearing was set for 30 and 31 October 2017.
Mr Justice Peter Smith retires with effect from 28th October 2017. In accordance with JCIO rules, all conduct investigations cease immediately when a judicial office holder retires, and as such investigations into Mr Justice Peter Smith cease on that date with no outcome.
5 October 2017 – His Honour Judge Timothy Spencer QC
The JCIO has dismissed a complaint against His Honour Judge Spencer QC in connection with a case which concluded at Nottingham Crown Court on 12th September.
14 September 2017 – Publication of 2016-2017 Annual Report
The report published today covers the performance of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office during the year 2016-2017. A copy of the full report and those from previous years can be found on our reports and publications page. A total of 2,126 complaints against judicial office holders were received last year (1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017). Of those, 1,220 (57%) were about the outcome of a case and did not, therefore, meet the statutory criteria for investigation. Of those cases which did progress to investigation, the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice took disciplinary action in 42 cases.
6 April 2017 – His Honour Judge Richard Mansell QC
The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has rejected all complaints received in relation to His Honour Judge Mansell QC’s sentencing of Mr Mustafa Bashir. The complaints all related to Judge Mansell’s judicial decision and case management and therefore do not constitute conduct within the remit of the judicial discipline process established by Parliament.
10 January 2017 – Her Honour Judge Patricia Lynch QC
The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has concluded its investigation into the conduct of Her Honour Judge Patricia Lynch QC – following complaints she used inappropriate language in court. The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice considered the matter and decided it did not amount to misconduct.
7 July 2016 – Publication of 2015-2016 Annual Report
The report issued today covers the performance of the JCIO during the year 2015-2016. A copy of the full report can be found on our reports and publications page.
A total of 2,609 complaints against judicial office holders were received last year (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016). Of the 2,609 complaints received, 1,862 (71%) related to judicial decision or case management and therefore could not be considered under the rules. 16 judicial office holders were removed from office last year compare to 32 who were removed in 2014-2015. Of these, 15 were magistrates, 1 was a tribunal judge.
The reasons for removal were:
• Criminal/ other court proceedings – 1 removal
• Not fulfilling their judicial duties – 8 removals
• Inappropriate behaviour or comments – 5 removals
• Motoring related offences- 2 removals
In addition, 9 judicial office holders received a reprimand and a further 18 received formal advice or a warning. There were 9 resignations during the course of disciplinary proceedings.
Judith Anckorn, Head of JCIO said:
“During the period covered by this report there were approximately 3,200 members of the full and part-time judiciary, approximately 19.300 magistrates and 5,600 tribunal members. In total, 43 cases resulted in formal disciplinary action, 32 less than the previous reporting year. Disciplinary sanctions were issued to less than 0.1% of judicial office holders.”