UK: Judges owed a duty of care, government concedes

The Law Society Gazette writes..

Ministers and the senior judiciary owe judges a duty of care, the government has for the first time accepted in a landmark concession in a claim alleging judicial bullying and negligence.

The admission comes amid growing complaints of bullying among the judiciary and could precipitate a flood of claims by judges.

HHJ Kalyani Kaul QC, a Crown court judge, is suing the Ministry of Justice, the lord chancellor Robert Buckland QC and the lord chief justice Lord Burnett of Maldon over claims that she was bullied and mistreated by senior members of the judiciary.

Judge Kaul claims that senior judges failed to support her and bullied her after she raised complaints about ‘disrespectful, discourteous, unprofessional, and rude’ barristers appearing before her in a lengthy trial.

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