Date: 15 June 2023
A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:
The Lord Chancellor, with the Lord Chief Justice’s agreement, has removed Ms Abigail Buckingham JP, of the Berkshire bench, from the magistracy for failing to meet the undertaking she gave on appointment to sit for at least 13 full or 26 half-days a year.
Ms Buckingham was appointed to the Berkshire bench on 1 April 2021, but has never sat as a magistrate. She did not complete her mandatory training, and failed to respond to her bench chair’s repeated attempts to contact her.
The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice were satisfied that the advisory committee had acted reasonably in seeking Ms Berkshire’s removal, having made significant efforts to engage with her without success.
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