Judges axed over porn at work inquiry
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.