Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel Act 2004

34 Attorney-General’s power to take steps independently of this Act if Judge convicted of serious offence

(1)

This section applies if a Judge is convicted of a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment for 2 or more years.

(2)

If this section applies,—

(a)

the Attorney-General may, but is not required to, refer the matter to the Commissioner under section 12(2):

(b)

the Attorney-General may take steps independently of this Act to initiate the removal of the Judge from office.

(3)

If this section applies and the Attorney-General takes steps independently of this Act to initiate the removal of the Judge from office, the provisions of sections 7 to 33 cease to apply in relation to the matter.

(4)

The Commissioner and a Judicial Conduct Panel have jurisdiction under this Act in relation to a matter to which this section applies only if the Attorney-General refers the matter to the Commissioner under section 12(2).