Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Judge Could Face Sacking; Probe into Conviction and Court Conduct

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Judge Could Face Sacking; Probe into Conviction and Court Conduct

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Byline: Andy Hughes

ALEADING judge at the centre of a dangerous dog neighbour dispute was last night under investigation by senior Government figures, The Journal can reveal.

The Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor are considering the future of Judge Beatrice Bolton after she was convicted of failing to control her German Shepherd and fined pounds 2,500.

Judge Bolton, of Rothbury, Northumberland, swore and stormed out of court after a District Judge returned the guilty verdict last month.

The Journal understands Judge Bolton, 57, will be sacked if the investigation goes against her. It is thought the judge is considering her own future and may step down regardless.

Last night the Judicial Communications Office confirmed that Judge Bolton would not sit at Newcastle Crown Court until the review is over.

She is being investigated both over her conviction and her conduct in court.

A spokesman said: "It will be for the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor to consider the impact of this matter on Judge Bolton's position as a judge. This has now been referred to the Office for Judicial Complaints.

"Judge Bolton has agreed not to sit until the review of the matter is complete. The review will be conducted under the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2008.

"The length of each review will vary according to the particular circumstances of each case."

Judge Bolton was found guilty following a two-day trial at Carlisle Magistrates' Court.

The Journal told how the judge stormed out when the verdict was announced, branding the decision "a f***ing travesty". Police were called in May last year when Judge Bolton's pet dog, a seven-month-old bitch named Georgina, sunk her teeth into Frederick Becker's leg as he was sunbathing.

The court heard the 20-year-old's parents, David and Anne Malia, had labelled the judge and her partner "neighbours from hell". …

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