Date:19 April 2023
A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:
The Lord Chancellor, with the Lord Chief Justice’s agreement, has removed Mr Yu Tan from office as a magistrate for misconduct.
Mr Tan was appointed to the magistracy in 2017. For personal reasons, he did not attend training and has not completed any sittings. In 2020, a judge dealing with civil proceedings brought by Mr Tan ordered that he be subject to an Extended Civil Restraint Order (ECRO). These orders are made when a litigant has persistently issued claims or made applications which are totally without merit.
The London Conduct Advisory Committee recommended that Mr Tan be removed from office under the summary process set out in Judicial Conduct (Magistrates) Rules 2014. The summary process enables an advisory committee to recommend a magistrate’s removal without further investigation in a range of circumstances regarded as incompatible with holding judicial office. Being issued with an ECRO is one such circumstance.
Having decided that Mr Tan had failed to give any legitimate reasons as to why he should not be removed from office, the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor agreed to remove him with immediate effect.
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Sanctions for misconduct by judicial office-holders are set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. They are, in order of severity: formal advice, formal warning, reprimand and removal from office.
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