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Foul-mouthed judge escapes disciplinary action by retiring

A Crown Court judge who swore and stormed out of court when she was convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog will not face disciplinary action after retiring "on medical grounds", the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has said.

Beatrice Bolton, of Rothbury, Northumberland, branded the verdict "a f****** travesty" when she was convicted at Carlisle Magistrates Court of allowing her pet German shepherd to bite her 20-year-old neighbour, Frederick Becker.

Bolton was then heard yelling: "I'll never set foot in this court again" from outside the courtroom following the hearing in December 2010.

An OJC spokeswoman said: "After receiving a number of complaints about comments reportedly made by Ms Beatrice Bolton, a Circuit Judge, following her conviction under the Dangerous Dogs Act, the Office for Judicial Complaints investigated the matter in accordance with the Judicial Discipline Regulations 2006.

"The judge has, however, retired on medical grounds before the disciplinary process was formally concluded.

"As a result, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have decided no further disciplinary action is required. Ms Bolton's retirement took effect from January 1, 2012."

Bolton, who sat at Newcastle Crown Court, was later taken back into court and asked to apologise for her outburst. After telling the judge "I'm sorry", she was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £275 to the victim, plus £930 court costs.

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