Judicial Conduct Investigations Office finds ‘inexcusable misuse’ of the four judges’ IT accounts.
Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
Three judges have been removed and a fourth has resigned following an investigation into an allegation that they viewed pornographic material on office computers.
The naming of all four is an unexpected blow to the reputation of the judiciary, as well as a humiliating public rebuke to the individual ex-judges.
The disciplinary inquiry was revealed by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, which found that there had been “inexcusable misuse” of IT accounts.
“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,” a statement from the JCIO said.