THE Wirral Coroner is under investigation over his personal conduct after his business partner made up invoices and took money from clients.
The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has launched an investigation into Christopher Johnson after he was referred to them in a rare move by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge.
It is in light of a maximum fine of £2,000 issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for his role in events at the now closed solicitors firm Rex Taylor and Meadows in West Kirby.
He was also ordered to pay £3,000 costs by the SRA.
The Post understands the Lord Chief Justice himself became aware of the SRA’s finding and referred the matter to the OJC on January 16.
Mr Johnson – who has been Wirral Coroner for 25 years and is a former head of the national Coroners’ Soceity – will continue working in his role as coroner while the investigation is ongoing.
When the Post contacted Mr Johnson, he declined to comment.