Convicted sex criminal Michael Shrimpton - ever a judge?

J Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Judicial Appointments Commission

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Dear Judicial Appointments Commission,

I am seeking information to confirm that convicted sex criminal Michael Shrimpton served as a judge. According to UK Database he did:

'A former judge claims secret service agents planted child abuse images on his computer memory stick in a plot to discredit him.'

However, the latest court judgment concerning him refers to him as a barrister and not as a judge:

1. Please provide information to confirm that he served as a judge and the dates he became and stopped being a judge, if he ever was one.

2. Please provide the information contained in the document(s) that confirmed the end of his career as a judge, if he ever was one.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

FOIA, Judicial Appointments Commission

Dear J Roberts,

Thank you for your email of 19 May 2019 concerning your Freedom of Information request.

The Judicial Appointments Commission has a statutory duty under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide a response to Freedom of Information requests within 20 working days. You should therefore receive a full response by 17 June 2019

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further assistance.

Kind regards,

Steven Ball

Corporate Services
Judicial Appointments Commission | 5th Floor, Clive House, 70 Petty France, LONDON, SW1H 9EX | | LinkedIn | Twitter

The independent Judicial Appointments Commission selects candidates for judicial office on merit, through fair and open competition.

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Dear Mr Ball,

I requested some information about Michael Shrimpton on 19 May 2019. I had expected a substantive response by now.

Yours sincerely,

J Roberts

Thomson, Ian (JAC), Judicial Appointments Commission

Dear J Roberts


Morning and thank you for your further email of 24 June 2019 concerning
your Freedom of Information Request which you initially submitted on 19
May 2019, which was acknowledged by my colleague Steven Ball.


First can I apologise for the delay in responding to your request. Mr Ball
is currently out of the office, so I am unable to check with him why no
reply was sent, but will check this up on his return.


It might be helpful if I explain that the Judicial Appointments
Commission selects candidates for judicial office following a fair and
open selection competition. I have checked our records,  and can find no
trace of Michael Shrimpton applying for a position through the Judicial
Appointments Commission. That is not to say that he was never a Judge as
he could have become one before the Judicial Appointments Commission was


It may be that the Judicial Office, who is responsible for supporting the
judiciary across the courts in England and Wales by providing training,
policy advice, human resources and administrative support may be in a
position to provide you with the information. In order to make such a
request, I would  suggest you contact the Judicial Office by filling in
this online form:


or by writing to:

Data Access and Compliance Unit
Postal Point 10.31, Floor 10
102 Petty France

I hope this is helpful and apologise again for the delay in responding.




Ian Thomson

Head of Corporate Services

Judicial Appointments Commission

Clive House

5th Floor , 70 Petty France,

London, SW1H 9EX

Tel 020 3334 5899  [mobile number]


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