Four Judges Watch Porn On Court Computers

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CRIMINALS could have their convictions overturned after it was revealed four judges had been watching porn on court computers.

Three of the judges were removed from office while a fourth resigned over the scandal reported The Telegraph UK.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) would not say where the four male judges, who worked in criminal, county and immigration courts, had been viewing the pornographic material and if it was during hearings or elsewhere in court buildings.

But this could open up a door for criminals to have their convictions overturned if the investigation reveals that the judges were distracted from a case and key evidence because they were secretly watching porn.

The judges were revealed to be immigration judge Warren L Grant who The Guardian reported was still working as a solicitor.

The UK Telegraph reported a statement from Grant which said, “I do not wish to comment save to say that for some years before, and during, the period covered by the conduct which formed the subject of the complaint laid against me I was suffering from severe and undiagnosed depression.”

District judge Timothy Bowles was also identified and sat at Romford county court.

Judge Peter Bullock was also named along with part-time judge Andrew Maw who sat at Lincoln county court and who resigned last year when he was 65.

It is not believed that the four judges were exchanging images or linked to each other in any way.

A statement released by the JCIO said, “The lord chancellor [the justice secretary, Chris Grayling] and the lord chief justice [Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd] 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”.

The JCIO declined to say whether the pictures had been discovered during a routine internal audit of computer files or through a different procedure.