Three British judges sacked for allegedly viewing pornography on office computers

BRITAIN - Three British judges have been sacked for allegedly viewing pornographic material on their office computers, reported British media.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office on Tuesday released a statement to announce the move, citing "inexcusable misuse" of IT accounts by the three judges: District Judge Timothy Bowles, Immigration Judge Warren Grant and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock.

A spokesman for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said they 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 the 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," the spokesman added.

A fourth judge, Recorder Andrew Maw, resigned before the conclusion of the investigations.

Reports said the offences were not linked and happened at different times and places.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg