JCIO 09/24

Date: 12 March 2024





Mr Imtiaz Ahmed JP


A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:

The Lord Chancellor, with the Lady Chief Justice’s agreement, has removed Mr Imtiaz Ahmed from the magistracy for failure, without a reasonable excuse, to complete the minimum annual sittings required of a magistrate.

On appointment, magistrates sign an undertaking, which includes a commitment to sit for at least 13 days (or 26 half days) a year. They are also expected to keep in regular contact with their bench chair and be able to demonstrate commitment and reliability.

The summary process in the Judicial Conduct (Magistrates) Rules 2014 enables an advisory committee to recommend a magistrate’s removal from office without further investigation where that magistrate has failed, without a reasonable excuse, to meet their minimum sittings requirement.

In recommending Mr Ahmed’s removal from office, the London Conduct Advisory Committee (LCAC) took into consideration that he had not met the annual minimum sittings requirement for his role since 2021. Whilst Mr Ahmed had given his bench chair an assurance that he would make up his sittings, he failed to do so.

Mr Ahmed did not respond to the LCACs attempts to contact him about the matter and only responded to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office to make representations when it notified him of the LCAC’s recommendation for his removal. The LCAC considered Mr Ahmed’s belated representations and concluded that there was no reason to alter its recommendation of removal from office.

The Lord Chancellor and the Lady Chief Justice agreed with the recommendation to remove Mr Ahmed from office without further investigation.



Notes for Editors

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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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