JCIO 19/24

Date: 23 April 2024





Mr Nicholas Preston


A spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Said:

The Lord Chancellor has removed Mr Nicholas Preston from membership of the Valuation Tribunal for England for failing, without a reasonable excuse, to meet the minimum sittings requirement of his role.

On appointment, senior members of the tribunal commit to sit for at least 15 days a year, which includes training days as well as hearings. They are also expected to keep in regular contact with the tribunal and provide their availability to undertake sittings.

The summary process in the Judicial Conduct Rules 2023 enables the JCIO to recommend a judicial office-holder’s removal from office without further investigation where the officeholder concerned has failed, without reasonable excuse, to meet the minimum sittings requirement of their role.

Although Mr Preston completed his initial training, he has not completed any sittings since his appointment in 2020. He has made no contact with the tribunal since January 2022.

The Lord Chancellor therefore agreed with the JCIO’s recommendation to remove Mr Preston from office.




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