3 May 2014

Judge jailed for lying to police

7:03 am on 3 May 2014

A judge in Britain was sentenced to prison for 16 months on Friday for lying to police about her role in a revenge plot that landed a cabinet minister in prison.

Constance Briscoe arrives at court in January.

Constance Briscoe arrives at court in January. Photo: AFP (file)

Constance Briscoe, 56, was convicted of three charges of perverting the course of justice at the Old Bailey criminal court in London on Thursday.

She was reportedly the first judge in living memory to have been convicted of such an offence.

Briscoe was convicted of lying about her involvement in the saga of former minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce, who themselves were both jailed for eight months last year for lying to police in 2003 over which of them had committed a speeding offence.

Pryce revealed the deception in 2011 in an act of revenge against Huhne after he left her for his mistress a year earlier.

The judge advised Pryce on how to act in a way that would hurt Huhne but not Pryce.

She was initially lined up to be a prosecution witness in the trial, but was charged with perverting the course of justice when police found discrepancies in what she had told them.