Worst Judge in England and Wales

October 16, 2018

I Googled “Worst Judge in England and Wales” and it didn’t seem like there was anything more recent than 14 February 1998, in the “Independent” when “The man voted the ‘worst judge in Britain’ made legal history yesterday by resigning after a report concluded that his conduct had weakened “public confidence in the whole judicial process”.”

So my nomination for this long-standing vacancy is Judge Richard William Pearce. I find it hard to believe that there are other judges in England and Wales who both ignore evidence and invent evidence in order to come up with the judgment they first thought of. But let me know if you know of any other judges as bad or worse.

I reckon he gets away with it because of his veneer of charm. When we decided to write a page about him, I contacted the Chester Civil Justice Centre (a misnomer of ever there was one) to find out if he was still there so that I could write to him to give him access to our draft page. The woman said, in a sad voice, that “regretfully” he was no longer there, having transferred to Manchester. So there is one person he had hoodwinked into thinking that he was a decent man, instead of the nasty vicious little bit of work he turned out to be in the trial of my claim. He surprised me too, but the facts speak for themselves.

Pearce never did get back to me with any comments on the draft to which we gave him access, so that would seem to indicate that it is fundamentally true and that he has no argument with my conclusion that his abysmal judgment was motivated by prejudice, a totally unacceptable characteristic in a judge.  In the absence of any comment from him, it is hard to be sure whether his invention of evidence was motivated by prejudice or corruption, but I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is not corrupt.

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