Highlands & Islands

Convicted Dingwall JP 'unfit' for office

A justice of the peace (JP) convicted of a driving offence and for failing to appear at court has been deemed "unfit for office".

Henry Dedecker, a JP in Dingwall, was convicted of speeding after a trial.

Sheriff Principal Sir Stephen Young recommended a tribunal be held to consider Mr Dedecker's suitability for the role.

The Judicial Office for Scotland said the hearing found him to be "unfit by reason of misbehaviour".

An order removed Mr Dedecker from office with effect from 29 June.

A JP is a person who is not legally qualified and sits in a lay court with a clerk, who provides advice on law and procedure.

The maximum sentence a JP can impose is 60 days imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.

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