In Furtherance of Judicial Transparency

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Frank Richardson

Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct require judges to exhibit six core values: independence, impartiality, integrity, propriety, equality, and competence and diligence. Furthermore, it is essential judges are accountable to civil society, but in a way that does not compromise their independence.

I. In general, what measures does HM Courts and Tribunals Service have in place to ensure this?

II. In particular, what is HM Courts and Tribunals Service's policy on ensuring judges' salaries, any conflicts of interest, wealth audits, training, career history, etc. are easily accessible to the general public?

III. In respect of Judge Hugh F. J. Howard of the First-tier Tribunal in London, Judge Mark of the Upper Tribunal in London, and all judges who adjudicate for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, Social Security & Child Support in Norwich (including Judge J. A. Rosser and Judge I. M. Baggott), please provide details of the following (with dates where appropriate):

1. Education,
2. Legal training,
3. Positions of employment throughout career– both in the law and outside the law,
4. Any periods of unemployment, indicating whether state benefits were claimed,
5. Any convictions or cautions for legal offences,
6. Any disciplinary measures taken against the individual by HM Courts and Tribunals Service,
7. Religious and political memberships and affiliations,
8. Positions on company or charity boards,
9. Any other public office appointments,
10. Salaries earned throughout employment by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the bodies which preceded it,
11. Current net worth.

If transparency and accountability of HM Courts and Tribunals Service to civil society are at adequate levels, this information ought to be easy to access and collate in order to satisfy this FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Richardson

Judicial Office HR - FOI Requests,

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Dear Mr Richardson,
 
Please find attached response to your recent Freedom of Information
request.
 
Regards.
 
Judicial HR FOI Team
 
Judicial HR Freedom of Information Requests,  Judicial Office, 10th Floor,
Thomas More, Royal Courts of Justice, London, WC2A 2LL

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Dear Mr Richardson,

Further to Joanne Peel's response to your FOI request (Ref 91131), dated 25 June 2014, I am replying separately to the issues you raised at points (I) and (II) of your request as these fall outside of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Hiden | HR Policy & Projects Advisor | Judicial Office | 10D | Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice |Strand |London |WC2A 2LL| www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Frank Richardson

Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'In Furtherance of Judicial Transparency'.

This is my request:

“The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct require judges to exhibit six core values: independence, impartiality, integrity, propriety, equality, and competence and diligence. Furthermore, it is essential judges are accountable to civil society, but in a way that does not compromise their independence.

I. In general, what measures does HM Courts and Tribunals Service have in place to ensure this?

II. In particular, what is HM Courts and Tribunals Service's policy on ensuring judges' salaries, any conflicts of interest, wealth audits, training, career history, etc. are easily accessible to the general public?

III. In respect of Judge Hugh F. J. Howard of the First-tier Tribunal in London, Judge Mark of the Upper Tribunal in London, and all judges who adjudicate for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, Social Security & Child Support in Norwich (including Judge J. A. Rosser and Judge I. M. Baggott), please provide details of the following (with dates where appropriate):

1. Education, 2. Legal training, 3. Positions of employment throughout career– both in the law and outside the law, 4. Any periods of unemployment, indicating whether state benefits were claimed, 5. Any convictions or cautions for legal offences, 6. Any disciplinary measures taken against the individual by HM Courts and Tribunals Service, 7. Religious and political memberships and affiliations, 8. Positions on company or charity boards, 9. Any other public office appointments, 10. Salaries earned throughout employment by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the bodies which preceded it, 11. Current net worth.

If transparency and accountability of HM Courts and Tribunals Service to civil society are at adequate levels, this information ought to be easy to access and collate in order to satisfy this FOI request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

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My questions have not been answered. For example: 1. What measures does HM Courts and Tribunals Service have in place to ensure judges are accountable to civil society? - civil society, NOT the judiciary! 2. What is HM Courts and Tribunals Service's policy on ensuring judges' salaries, any conflicts of interest, wealth audits, training, career history, etc. are easily accessible to the general public?

What you have told me is that this information is personal, which is nonsense; we have a right to know. I expect you to answer my questions, I, II, and III fully, particularly since the Tribunals Service is such a shambles.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Richardson

Hiden, Geoff,

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Dear Mr Richardson,

I attach my Internal Review, Ref IR - 92144.

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Hiden | HR Policy & Projects Advisor | Judicial Office | 10D | Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice |Strand |London |WC2A 2LL| www.judiciary.gov.uk

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