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Briscoe removed from judiciary

A disgraced barrister and part-time judge who lied to police investigating former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne's speeding points scandal has been removed from the judiciary.

Constance Briscoe is currently serving a 16-month jail sentence for trying to pervert the course of justice over the investigation into how disgraced MP Huhne passed speeding points to his then-wife Vicky Pryce a decade earlier.

In a statement today, a spokesman for the J udicial Conduct Investigations Office said she had been removed from judicial office.

He said: " Miss Constance Briscoe, a Recorder and Fee-Paid Tribunal Judge of the First-Tier Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, has been removed from judicial office without further investigation by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice following her conviction and sentence for perverting the course of justice.

"Miss Briscoe has not undertaken any judicial duties since her arrest on October 6 2012."

Briscoe was jailed for 16 months in May after being convicted of three counts of trying to pervert the course of justice.

The 57-year-old, who was one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK, was jailed for twice the amount of time handed to Huhne and Pryce, after it emerged that she had helped economist Pryce, a friend and also her neighbour, to reveal information about Huhne's points-swapping to newspapers after the couple split in 2010.

The court heard that Briscoe was intent on bringing about Mr Huhne's downfall and knew how to manipulate the criminal justice system to her advantage, misleading police in her witness statements and deliberately giving them an altered copy of one of her statements.

Jailing her, Mr Justice Baker told the mother of two that her conduct had struck "at the heart of our much-cherished system of criminal justice".

After the verdict earlier this year Huhne, who was forced to resign over the speeding points scandal, released a statement in which he described Briscoe as a ''compulsive and self-publicising fantasist'', declaring: " British justice is likely to be a lot fairer with Briscoe behind bars.''


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