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 Jeb Singh JP of the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench for failing to meet his training requirements as a magistrate and failing to engage with his bench leaders.
On appointment, magistrates sign a declaration and undertaking, which includes a commitment to complete required training. Mr Singh was appointed in June 2020. In July 2021, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE, on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice, issued Mr Singh with informal advice for failing to meet his training requirements. In deciding not to take formal action on that occasion, the Lord Chancellor and Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE accepted that Mr Singh’s role as a keyworker and childcare responsibilities made it difficult to meet his commitments to the magistracy during the pandemic. However, he was also advised that a failure to meet his training requirements without a reasonable excuse in future could result in disciplinary action.
Mr Singh failed to resume his mandatory training despite several attempts by the bench to contact him to make the necessary arrangements. He also failed to respond when invited to make representations as part of the disciplinary process. A conduct panel recommended that he be removed from office. The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice agreed.
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