The Sun reports that the judge who criticised Britain’s immigration system was last night facing a disciplinary probe over his outburst.
Judge Ian Trigger could even be fired if he is found to have breached guidelines, although this is extremely rare occurrence.
The outspoken Judge has been reported to judicial watchdogs for his attack on Britain’s “completely lax” immigration system.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge called in the Office of Judicial Complaints to rule on his remarks.
He and Justice Secretary Jack Straw will have the final say in his case.
But Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said:
“The judge spoke with a good deal of courage.
There is a great deal of concern in many parts of the judiciary about the number of failed asylum seekers.
“There ought to be some way in which those concerns can be expressed without infringing judicial guidelines.”
The Office for Judicial Complaints said:
“The Lord Chief Justice decided to refer His Honour Judge Trigger following comments the judge made in court.
“The referral is not related to the judge’s comments on the specific case or the sentence.
“The OJC has been asked to focus on the propriety of the statements and assertions, and whether they went beyond the facts of the case and extended overtly into the political arena.”
Immigration Matters reported last week told how the judge hit out as he jailed Jamaican drug dealer Lucien McClearley at Liverpool Crown Court.
McClearley had been on the run for years despite being earmarked for deportation as an illegal immigrant.
Judge Trigger said in open court:
“Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy in this country.
“People like you, and there are literally hundreds of thousands like you, come to these shores from foreign countries to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits here.”
The judge claimed the Government had “wasted billions” in the past ten years, “much of that on welfare payments”.
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