Hart v Relentless Records Ltd, Relentless Music Publishing Ltd, Media Village PR Ltd: ChD 4 Oct 2002

The judge had informally met counsel in the corridor outside court, and advised him of the need to settle the case. The client asked the judge to recuse himself, having compromised his independence and impartiality.
Held: Such meetings were a proper part of litigation, and did much to assist avoidance of increased costs. In deciding whether to recuse himself a judge must ask whether a fair, informed and reasonable observer would consider there to be a real risk of bias. Such an observer would not so judge, and he declined to recuse himself.

The Hon Mr Justice Jacob
Times 08-Oct-2002, [2002] EWHC 1984 (Ch)
England and Wales
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CitedIA311012013 AIT 28-Aug-2014
The appelant had sought indefinite leave to remain. He now cmplained that the judge at the fisrt tire tribunal had made a remark at the outset suggesting that he had a closed mind or had already made up his mind. . .

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Updated: 06 December 2021; Ref: scu.177382