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JP removed from office following convictions
A Highland justice of the peace has been barred from office following a failure to appear in court on a motoring charge.
Henry Dedecker of Cromarty, who sat at Inverness District Court, was fined £200 and given four penalty points in December 2008 for speeding, a charge he had contested. It was hs first motoring offence but he was also charged with failing to attend on one of the dates set for a hearing, and again fined £200.
A tribunal appointed by the Lord President ruled that he was unfit to hold office "by reason of misbehaviour" and made an order removing him from office. Mr Dedecker, a retired teacher, refused to attend the tribunal, which he claimed was oppressive and an abuse of process, as "the very matters which were germane to the case were excluded from the outset".