Guardian Reports That 100 Judges and Magistrates Have Received Death Threats

Shailesh Vara
Shailesh Vara

The Guardian newspaper has reported that 100 judges and magistrates have received death threats over the last five years.

Responding to a question from Andy Slaughter asking for figures, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, the Government Justice Minister Shailesh Vara replied:

“In 2011 – 20; in 2012 – 12; in 2013 – 19; in 2014 – 18; and in 2015 – 31”.

Vara added:

“We have a robust security and safety system in place to protect all court users. Any threats to judges or magistrates are taken extremely seriously, and within Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service there is a security team to co-ordinate effective judicial security and incident investigation, working closely with senior judiciary and police agencies to provide the necessary support”.