Friday, September 21, 2007

Inappropriate

The Judicial Communications Office has issued the following statement in response to the Fathers4Justice 'Judgebuster' Campaign:

There is no justification or public interest served in publishing the home addresses or other private details of judges. It can serve no purpose other than to intrude into the privacy of the judge, and encourage harassment of the judge and his/her family in their family home.

In the case of their court work family judges have to make difficult decisions based on the individual circumstances of a case. By their very nature, these cases are emotional and feelings often run high on the part of a dissatisfied party. However, all parties have the opportunity to express their opinion to the judge in person prior to a decision being made, and the right to seek to appeal decisions that they regard as unfair.

That being so it is inappropriate and irresponsible to publish this form of private information.

I'm sorry, but I don't agree with disclosing judges' addresses, no matter what the grievance. I once had an experience of something similar when a litigant in person I was dealing with wrote to me at my home address in an obvious "I know where you live" intimidation exercise, and it's not very pleasant. We are all entitled to our private lives, irrespective of what kind of work we do.

4 comments:

  1. But would you support the publishing of the names of "bad penny" lawyers?

    :-)

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  2. Names yes, provided they have been found guilty by the law, or their professional bodies, but not home addresses or personal details.

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  3. John,
    Just how does a LIP go about proving that a lawyer has done something that (s)he could be found guilty by the law about?
    Surely that must be one of the most difficult things to prove as a LIP?
    There are plenty of bad pennies out there and Im sure that LIP are not well enough equipped to do anything about them and can only be sufferers at the hands of these bullies.

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  4. If a criminal offence has been committed, such as in the case of the infamous Mr Hyman, then it is a matter for the police. If the lawyer has breached the rules of professional conduct, then the matter should be referred to his/her professional body.

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