Lord Chancellor chides Thorpe LJ over driving ban

Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Thorpe has been reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke and the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge over his driving ban.

Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke
Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke

Thorpe LJ was originally handed a six-month ban after racking up 12 points in 18 months, but this was reduced last August to eight weeks because he ran a farm in Wiltshire.

The judge was caught last February driving through a red light in his Skoda Fabia near the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) in London.  He was caught again just two months later and pleaded guilty to failing to comply with red light signals.

District Judge Daphne Wickham reduced the ban after hearing Thorpe LJ was needed  at the farm to feed his 80 cattle and no one else in his home village was qualified to do so.

A statement from the Office for Judicial Complaints said the appellate judge had been reprimanded.

“The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have issued Lord Justice Thorpe with a reprimand for receiving a driving ban and for failing to adhere to the guidance regarding the reporting of traffic offences,” it said.