Sunday, November 16, 2008
Potter under investigation again
I've asked the question before: should Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division, have given a character reference for Bruce Hyman, the barrister who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in connection with a case involving family proceedings? As we all know, the Office for Judicial Complaints dismissed the complaint against him by Simon Eades, Hyman's 'victim', finding that the reference had been given by Potter "in his personal, not judicial, capacity, without any reference to his judicial position". What the OCJ did not know, however, was that the reference was originally made by Potter on his official headed stationery (see above). As The Observer reports today, the OCJ has now reopened the investigation.