Judges axed over porn at work in­quiry

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THREE judges have been re­moved and a fourth has re­signed af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­le­ga­tion they viewed porno­graphic ma­te­rial on of­fice PCs.

The dis­ci­plinary in­quiry was re­vealed by the Ju­di­cial Con­duct In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice (JCIO), which found that there had been “in­ex­cus­able mis­use” of their IT ac­counts.

A state­ment from the JCIO said: “Three judges: dis­trict judge Ti­mothy Bowles, im­mi­gra­tion judge War­ren Grant, and deputy dis­trict judge and recorder Peter Bul­lock have been re­moved from ju­di­cial of­fice fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­le­ga­tion that they viewed porno­graphic ma­te­rial on ju­di­cial IT equip­ment in their of­fices.

“The lord chan­cel­lor and lord chief jus­tice were sat­is­fied that the ma­te­rial did not in­clude images of chil­dren or any other il­le­gal con­tent, but con­cluded that this was an in­ex­cus­able mis­use of their ju­di­cial IT ac­counts and wholly un­ac­cept­able con­duct for a ju­di­cial of­fice-holder.”

A fourth judge, An­drew Maw, was also found to have viewed sim­i­lar in­ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­rial and would also have been re­moved, had he not al­ready re­signed.

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