Ban on judicial blogs

The senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales and the senior President of Tribunals have issued guidance on blogging by judicial office holders.  The Guidance states “… judicial office holders who blog (or who post comments on other peoples blogs) must not identify themselves as members of the judiciary. They must also avoid expressing opinions which, were it to become known that they hold judicial office, could damage public confidence in their own impartiality or in the judiciary in general.”  The Guidance goes on to require members of the judiciary to remove any existing content on the internet which is in conflict with the Guidance.