Judge Trigger to face probe for remarks on ‘lax immigration policy’

If the complaint is upheld, he could find himself being reprimanded, or even dismissed


Tags: Judge Ian Trigger, Lucien McClearley, Liverpool Crown Court, Damian Green, Sir Andrew Green


6th August 2009: Judge Ian Trigger may find himself in trouble.

Less than a fortnight after he asserted a “lax immigration policy” has been in existence for some years now; and a large numbers of immigrants were coming to Britain just for welfare benefits,  Judge Trigger is to face an official investigation. If the complaint is upheld and he is found to have breached guidelines, the judge could find himself being reprimanded or even dismissed.

According to available information, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has referred the matter to the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) for finding whether the outburst was too political.

In fact, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, called in the OJC to rule on his remarks.

Elaborating, an OJC spokesman said the referral was not related to the judge’s comments on the specific case or the sentence. They had been asked to focus on the propriety of the judge’s statements and assertions. They would also see whether the assetrions went beyond the facts of the case and extended overtly into the political arena. The final decision will be made jointly by Lord Judge and the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw.

Reacting to the deveploment, chairman of Migrationwatch Sir Andrew Green appreciated the judge by saying Judge Trigger spoke with a good deal of courage. There was a great deal of concern in many parts of the judiciary about the number of failed asylum seekers; and there ought to be some way in which those concerns could be expressed without infringing judicial guidelines.

Judge Trigger had made the assertions while giving a two-year jail sentence to a Jamaican drug minder, who disappeared from the notice of immigration authorities after claiming asylum.

The reports said Judge Trigger told 31-year-old Lucien McClearley at Liverpool Crown Court his case exemplified all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists and has existed over the recent years.

Judge Trigger had reportedly added there were literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like him, who come to these shores to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that were in existence here.

The reports had said the Judge was also of the view the national debt of the country has risen to extraordinary heights in the past 10 years largely because the central Government has wasted billions of pounds. Much of that has been wasted on welfare payments.

Judge Trigger, who is also a part-time immigration judge, had reportedly added for every £1 that a hard-working decent citizen was paying in taxes, nearly 10 per cent was going on servicing that national debt.

Judge Trigger had also described Britain as a soft touch for illegal immigrants.

Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green had then asserted the judge was right; and the long-term failure of the Government’s immigration policy was having its effects in many areas of national life.

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