JCIO 10/24

Date: 15 March 2024





Mr Raymond Wood JP


A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said:

The Lord Chancellor, with the Lady Chief Justice’s agreement, has removed Mr Raymond Wood JP, of the East London Bench, from the magistracy for failure, without reasonable excuse, to meet the minimum sitting requirements of a magistrate.

On appointment, magistrates sign a declaration and undertaking, which includes a commitment to complete the required minimum number of sittings or, if they fail to do so without acceptable reason, resign.

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 requirements.

Mr Wood was appointed to the magistracy in 2009. He has not met his minimum sitting requirements since 2019. In recommending Mr Wood’s removal from office, the London Conduct Advisory Committee concluded that Mr Wood did not provide reasonable explanations to address why his sittings were not being maintained.

The Lord Chancellor and Lady Chief Justice agreed with the recommendation to remove Mr Wood from office.




Notes for Editors

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