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Judge appeals for funds to fight judiciary whistleblowing ruling

The first judge to take a whistleblowing appeal to the supreme court has launched a crowdfunding campaign to test the employment rights of the judiciary and other “office holders”. Claire Gilham, a district judge who worked in Warrington county court, has raised concerns about overwork, death threats and bullying, as well as austerity leading to more violent, unrepresented claimants in courtrooms. She is trying to overturn an employment tribunal ruling that judges cannot be classed as workers. Without that status, judges, as well as clerics and other so-called office holders, are not entitled to the legal protections granted to whistleblowers to make disclosures in the public interest.

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Category: Employment » Employment status; Whistleblowing. Keyword(s): Judiciary. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Litigation.
Source: Guardian.

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