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Constance Briscoe denies perverting justice over Huhne speeding case

  • 4 October 2013
  • From the section UK
Barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe arrives at the Old Bailey
Image caption Constance Briscoe arrives at the Old Bailey, where she pleaded not guilty

Part-time judge Constance Briscoe has denied intending to pervert the course of justice in connection with the Chris Huhne speeding points case.

Ms Briscoe is accused of providing police with two inaccurate statements and altering a copy of a witness statement given to police.

The 56-year-old, who is a barrister, pleaded not guilty to both counts at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

She will face trial at Southwark Crown Court on 14 January.

Former cabinet minister Huhne was jailed in March along with his ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, who agreed to accept speeding points on his behalf.

Both have since been released from prison.

After she was charged on 12 June, Ms Briscoe said in a statement that she was "deeply distressed", adding: "I have not committed the offences alleged against me and I will fight the allegations in court."

Ms Briscoe was suspended from working as a judge by the Office for Judicial Complaints following her arrest in October 2012.