Bad Judges of 19th and 20th Century

“What makes a bad Judge? Or what makes a Judge bad?” (the late Graeme Williams QC investigated in his book “A short book of BAD JUDGES“.)

Cover: Lord Gordon Hewart C.J. (“descried by Prof. Heuston as ‘perhaps the worst Lord Chief Justice since the seventeenth century’.”….. He is “the general perception of a Bad Judge… a thoroughly Bad Judge. ”  “The almost unanimous opinion of the Bar, the legal historians, and indeed his fellow judges and peers was that Hewart’s was a disastrous appointment.”)

Sitting as a Judge, the future Lord Chancellor LJ Sankey stated about Lord Hewart in one case Hobbs v Tinling & Co. Ltd. [1929] I KB I: “The case required careful and patient investigation, which it did not receive.”

While there are plenty of books about Good English Judges: indeed their ‘goodness’ may well have been one of their authors’ main reasons for writing them, there is as yet no book specifically about Bad Judges in this country, though there are quite a few in the United States.

No book has yet been written about current bad judges as every practising or non-practising legal professional seems to be afraid to report and record facts affecting the public. They are choosing to protect their livelihood and connections to gain favours from all judges: good or bad, and those who are supportive of their colleagues to ensure their job continuity.

Very great-full to late Mr Graeme Williams QC, the public now has the opportunity to learn how the Justice System worked in 19th and 20th Century.

We make reference to the ready made facts as found and investigated by Mr Graeme Wiliams QC in his book. We also update his facts with information fund in the public domain with the appropriate links. The book is invaluable and written with great sense of humor. It must be read in its entirety.

Judges are mentioned against whom there exists clear evidence of one form of badness or another:

Lord (Francis) Bacon

Richard Bethell (Lord Chancellor Westbury)

Judge Bruce Campbell

Charles Darling

Lord Justice (Arthian) Davies – Unlawfully protected an supported Lord Justice (Charles) Russell (the famous law firm of today Charles Russell Speechlys) after his drank driving and having been disqualified from driving.  He helped Lord Justice (Charles) Russell to enter a life of peerage and was promoted to the House of Lords.

Sir Hugh Imbert Periam Hallett (the Queen remunerated him for life with pension in 1957)

Gordon Hewart (Lord Chief Justice) (a disastrous appointment of the 20th Century)

John Willis