Britain's top black woman judge Constance Briscoe is arrested at her home
Constance Briscoe, 55, was questioned by Kent Police and bailed pending further inquiries
She cannot sit as a judge while being investigated, Office for Judicial Complaints confirms
By MARTIN ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 09:39 EST, 9 October 2012 | UPDATED: 01:27 EST, 11 October 2012
Arrested: Top judge Constance Briscoe was questioned by police
Britain’s most high-profile black woman judge, Constance Briscoe, has been arrested by police.
The 55-year-old was questioned by Kent Constabulary before being bailed pending further inquiries.
‘A 55-year-old woman was arrested in Clapham, south London, on Saturday October 6. She was interviewed by officers,' Kent Police said in a statement.
Her arrest means that she will not be able to sit as a judge while being investigated concerning matters which cannot be revealed for legal reasons.
A spokeswoman for the Office for Judicial Complaints said in a statement: ‘The Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor have suspended Constance Briscoe from the judiciary pending the outcome of the police investigation into the allegations against her. It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst the investigation is active.’
Ms Briscoe has been a controversial figure and was unsuccessfully sued by her own mother over revelations in her autobiography.
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