Coleridge J cleared of misconduct on pro-marriage stance

Mr Justice Coleridge has been cleared of judicial misconduct over his involvement with pro-marriage charity the Marriage Foundation, but said he would take a “lower profile” position.

Mr Justice Coleridge
Mr Justice Coleridge

The Office for Judicial Complaints launched its investigation in May following a complaint that his neutrality as a judge could be compromised after he took part in a pro-marriage event.

At the launch of the Marriage Foundation in May the High Court judge said: “This is not going to be a cosy club for the smug and self-satisfied of middle England but, we hope, the start of a national movement with the aim of changing attitudes across the board from the very top to the bottom of society, and thus improve the lives of us all, especially children.”

The OJC today (30 November) said that it had concluded the investigation, adding: “Having considered all of the facts the Lord Chancellor and the president of the Queen’s Bench Division, on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice, do not consider Mr Justice Coleridge’s involvement with the Marriage Foundation to be incompatible with his judicial responsibilities and therefore does not amount to judicial misconduct.”

It continued: “Mr Justice Coleridge has agreed that a lower profile role within the organisation would be more appropriate for a serving judicial office holder.”