There is a Guide to Judicial Conduct that was published in March 2013 by a working group of judges and which was derived from the ‘Guidelines to Judicial Ethics’. It says on page 7:
“We form a particular group in the community. We comprise a select part of an honourable profession. We are entrusted, day after day, with the exercise of considerable power. Its exercise has dramatic effects upon the lives and fortunes of those who come before us. Citizens cannot be sure that they or their fortunes will not some day depend upon our judgment. They will not wish such power to be reposed in anyone whose honesty, ability or personal standards are questionable. It is necessary for the continuity of the system of law as we know it, that there be standards of conduct, both in and out of court, which are designed to maintain confidence in those expectations.” (2nd ed. (1997) p9).
When reflecting upon these profound words, we can see that in the case of the whistleblower kids and their 18 friends who they allege were also being abused, District Judge Mayer and Mrs Justice Pauffley have both seriously abused their power with a catastrophic effect on the lives of those 20 children, as well as the mother, her partner, her McKenzie Friends and two campaigners.
But what recourse is there?
Judges wrote that fine guidance, and judges have ignored it. We might say the same about the IPCC and the Metropolitan Police.
When the system is flawed, you cannot rely on the system to solve things expediently, if at all. And in the meantime, in the present matter, countless thousands of children are suffering the most horrific abuse.
To the music of shuffling papers, or the clicking of a mouse.
What are our priorities?