3 UK judges sacked for viewing pornography on official computers

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A disciplinary inquiry revealed there had been ‘inexcusable misuse’ of the judges’ official accounts

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London: Britian on Tuesday sacked three judges while a fourth resigned after allegations they viewed pornography on official computers.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said in a statement that Lord Thomas of Cwygiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, and Chris Grayling, the Lord Chief Justice, had investigated allegations against the four judges.

They concluded that it was an "inexcusable misuse" of court equipment and condemned the judges' conduct as "wholly unacceptable".

The material viewed did not include images of children and was not illegal, a spokesman added.

District Judge Timothy Bowles, Immigration Judge Warren Grant and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock have been removed from office.

The three judges were not linked in any way. A fourth judge, Recorder Andrew Maw, was also found to have viewed similar inappropriate material via his official account.

A spokesman for the JCIO told the BBC that the judges would no longer be allowed to work in a judicial role. He said: "As far as I'm aware the judges are not appealing the decision."