30 May SECOND UPDATE On Complaint Against Judge Richard Bray (Northampton Crown Court)
The Northants Evening Telegraph published a letter on 16th May 2011
See the letter on the newspaper website here.
A letter dismissing the complaint was received from the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC):
A further complaint has been submitted to the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman’s Office (JACO), concerning the OJC”s handling of the original complaint.
—– Original Message —–
From: Peter Reynolds
To: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2011 3:56 PM
Subject: Complaint concerning Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) complaint against Judge Richard Bray, reference: 10751/2011
I wish to complain about the handling of my complaint to the OJC referred to above.
I make the complaint personally but also in my capacity as the leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) a UK political party, whose address is P.O. Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 9BN. For the purposes of correspondence, please use my personal address as given below.
I confirm that I am content for the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman’s Office (JACO) to contact the OJC about my complaint.
The OJC has dismissed my complaint on the grounds that under regulation 14(1)(b) of the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2006, it must dismiss complaints that relate to issues of judicial decision or case management. However, my complaint does not relate to either of these issues. Neither does it concern remarks made in the Court which might be protected by privilege. It concerns an interview given by Judge Richard Bray to the Northants Evening Telegraph following a series of cannabis cases in Northampton Crown Court.
I would ask therefore that JACO should refer my complaint back to the OJC for it properly to investigate the substance of the issues raised.