Immigration judges are living on a diet of baked beans and pot noodles, and maintain they would manage better if they worked at McDonald’s.
Six judges who spoke to a newspaper outlet claimed they and their co-workers had been pushed into debt, or have had to sell or remortgage their homes as a result of their contracts.
The problem has been made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of numerous court appointments during lockdown before the service moved online, and the pandemic was blamed for a record-breaking backlog in cases.
One judge said they knew of two others who’d claimed universal credit, while another said the situation had contributed to the breakdown of their marriage.
Another said they were forced to remortgage their home and live on a diet of baked beans and instant noodles to make ends meet.
In a normal year, a judge would expect to sit at least 120 days.
They said that between March and December 2020, they’d had one hearing and had assembled just 11 times.
The judges claim that part-time, fee paid immigration judges are discriminated against in their terms and conditions, and as described in their contracts, part-time judges don’t earn unless they hear cases and get £500 each day that they assemble.
But, they allege that the payment doesn’t cover preparing for cases, which can involve reading long court documents, and said they get less money if a case is adjourned or doesn’t go ahead.
They also miss out on the benefits that their full-time colleagues enjoy including sick and annual leave.
As a result of the pandemic, they also say they’ve had to buy their own equipment to download documents and hear cases virtually, leaving them out of pocket.
In an additional blow, judges who fall into financial problems can find themselves the subject of disciplinary proceedings due to anti-corruption laws, and one told a newspaper outlet that they’re in terrible debt, and that they should all be reporting themselves, and that they’re worried sick about being taken to court for debt by the Ministry of Justice and losing their judicial position, and equally embarrassed to claim welfare benefits, and who would have thought that a judge has to claim welfare benefits?
But should we be feeling sorry for them? Now they know how it feels like for the rest of the common people that have to claim subsistence, and now they know what it’s like to live off beans and noodles, and some people would have to work a month for that sort of money, yet some people wouldn’t get out of bed unless they got that kind of money.
And sometimes these judges inflict more harm by their fluffy judgments, than the immigrants themselves. After all, immigrants wouldn’t come to the United Kingdom unless they knew these weak judges permitted them to stay, and the man from Delmonte, he say yes to everyone who comes to the United Kingdom!
And if these judges are not getting enough working hours, then perhaps they should go and find another job fitting their qualifications. As the Government keep telling us, jobs are abundant out there!
These judges were getting £500 a day, and before the pandemic, they were sitting 11 times, that’s £5,500 a year in the years before the pandemic, and if they were stupid enough not to save, then whose responsibility is that? And it’s not like the pandemic hasn’t hit millions of other people, but they don’t bleat on about it.