12 Oct 2009

Increase in complaints about judges

9:21 pm on 12 October 2009

There has been an increase in the number of complaints made against judges.

In the year to July, 139 complaints were made to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, compared with 101 the previous year.

More than half of the complaints investigated last year were dismissed on the grounds they were about decisions reached by judges - an aspect the commissioner cannot deal with.

Other grounds for complaints include rudeness, unfairness and inappropriate remarks.

Only four complaints were referred to the heads of the various courts.