Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.





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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

SACKED BRADFORD MUSLIM J.P.s//A STATISTICAL ANOMALY? PERHAPS

I`ve always considered rightly or wrongly that when it comes to errors in not following the rules Justices of the Peace have been and are treated more harshly than their professional full time colleagues.The MOJ in general and the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office in particular are not exactly an open book when it comes to disciplinary cases.  The latter provides only a bland statement of supposed fact.  

Bradford and Keighley Local Justice Area is a recently enlarged magistrates` bench. The city and its surrounds has a population of 531,000 of whom a quarter are Muslims.  There is no publicly available information that I can find to establish the exact number of J.P.s on that bench nor the numbers of non white British members with the caveat that being a British citizen is not a requirement to be a magistrate; a situation I personally consider intolerable. 

The aforementioned JCIO since the end of March has removed three magistrates from the same local justice area; Bradford and Keighley.  Assuming that there are anything between 200 and 300 J.P.s in that area to have three removed from a single bench within such a short time  is quite astonishing.  What is interesting is that the three disgraced magistrates from their names appear to be Muslims.  I repeat these are facts; a statistical anomaly, perhaps.  The JCIO notices are copied below.

STATEMENT


JCIO 19/17 17 May 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT

INVESTIGATIONS OFFICE

Mr Tariq Mahmood Hussain

A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:

“The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have removed Mr Tariq
Mahmood Hussain JP of the Bradford and Keighley Local Justice Area (now
the West Yorkshire Local Justice Area) from the magistracy following his
conviction for conspiracy to defraud, for which he received a four year
custodial sentence."

ENDS

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STATEMENT


JCIO 18/17 9 May 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT

INVESTIGATIONS OFFICE

Mr Mohammed Liaquat

A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:

 “The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have removed Mr Mohammed
Liaquat JP of the Bradford and Keighley Local Justice Area (now the West
Yorkshire Local Justice Area) from the magistracy for failing to meet the
minimum sittings requirement for magistrates.”

ENDS 

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STATEMENT


JCIO 08/17 29 March 2017

STATEMENT FROM THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT

INVESTIGATIONS OFFICE

Mr Maqsood Ahmad

A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:

“The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have removed Mr
Maqsood Ahmad JP of the Bradford and Keighley Local Justice Area
from the magistracy for failing to meet the minimum sittings
requirement for magistrates.”

ENDS

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3 comments:

  1. And your point is? 🙄

    Two failed to make the minimum sitting numbers and one is in custody for 4 years

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  2. This JCIO make one wonder what on earth is going on

    A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:
    “Mr Colin Speight, a magistrate appointed to the North Northumbria Local Justice Area, was subject to a conduct investigation after he entered the magistrates assembly room at Bedlington Magistrates’ Court when he was not sitting as a magistrate. The Lord Chancellor and Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice, considered that Mr Speight’s behaviour fell below the standards expected of a magistrate and have issued him with formal advice.”

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  3. It appears that a Judge can use the C word in court and......:

    The JCIO statement said: “Although the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice considered HHJ Lynch’s remarks to be inappropriate, they did not find that they amounted to misconduct or warranted any disciplinary sanction. [They] were of the view that the matter should be dealt with by informal advice.”

    Lynch had now been been advised to “ensure that she responded appropriately to parties in court at all times”.

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