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Over 40 judges and magistrates ticked off for bad behaviour last year


DOZENS of judges and magistrates were told off for bad behaviour last year, a watchdog’s report has revealed.

Their misdemeanours included everything from bad language and social media rants, to speeding and rudeness.

Among the 42 reprimanded by the Lord Chief ­Justice and the Lord Chancellor was crown court judge Mark Horton, found guilty of misconduct after using his position to try to bully a company’s owners for payments after it went bust.

Judge Adrian Reynolds racked up 12 points on his licence after speeding and got a six-month ban.

He was reprimanded for not telling bosses about some of his ­earlier driving convictions.

He avoided a harsher penalty only because of his long public service.

Meanwhile, district judge Melanie Hay was given formal advice after making “a derogatory remark” to a party in a case.

While magistrate Eric Murphy was rebuked after being “seen to have his eyes closed” during a hearing.

In total 1,292 complaints of misbehaviour were dealt with by the Judicial Complaints Investigations Office in 2019-20, down from 1,672 in the previous year.

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