Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Circuit Judge goes.....

It is not often that a Circuit Judge is removed from office - this one seems to have missed that fate by the skin of his teeth:  from the Office of Judicial Complaints

“Gerald Price QC, a Circuit Judge who was appointed to the Wales Circuit in 2000, has resigned from judicial office following an investigation into allegations about his conduct originally published in the media in June 2009.

“Whilst the media reported a number of allegations against Judge Price, the judicial investigation only focused on those that had an impact on his role as a judge. The investigation found that his actions brought the judiciary into disrepute, rendering his position untenable. In the light of the investigation, the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice informed the judge in December 2009 that they considered his behaviour merited removal from office.
“In accordance with the judicial discipline regulations, Judge Price was entitled to ask for their decision to be reviewed by a Review Body panel. He did so and the panel was chaired by Lady Justice Smith. The panel agreed with the original decision of the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor and recommended that Judge Price should be removed from office. The judge has, however, resigned before the disciplinary process was formally concluded. His resignation took effect from 30 June 2010.”

As to the prurient details -

WalesOnline - News - Wales News - Judge in ‘rent boy’ claims quits

Still lots of new judges to take his place:

David Redvers Tomlinson to be a Circuit Judge

Peter Anthony Stanfield Barrie to be a Circuit Judge

Robin Godfrey Spencer, Esq., Q.C., to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 14 July 2010

Michael Alan Supperstone, Esq., Q.C., to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 14 July 2010

1 comment:

  1. He has gone. That is "sufficient unto the day" is what I would say. No matter what you do in connection with the law (and probably anything else) there is no such things as indispensibility.