They earn almost as much as the prime minister and are some of the highest paid public officials in the country. But The Mail on Sunday may reveal that some judges have received up to £ 60,000 in taxpayers' cash when they move house – to pay for legal fees, brokerage fees, and even upholstery. Great payments to help senior members of the judiciary move when transferred to a new court, despite the Ministry of Justice's budget being cut by a third in the past decade, leading to drastic reductions in Legal Aid for the public and the courtrooms are closed.

William Davis had paid broadband, rent, and municipal tax accounts when he moved to the High Court in London

The home of Mr. Justice William Davis in the Midlands. He was the oldest judge in Birmingham. The figures can only be announced today after a Freedom of Information battle with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of more than two years. The largest relocation package, in one year, £ 59,455, was paid to a judge whose name was kept secret. Incredibly, taxpayers paid the £ 34,200 bill for the stamp duty of the judge when they moved, along with £ 8,760 in brokerage fees, £ 6,325 in removal costs, and £ 3,321 in various attachments & # 39; .The judge even filed a claim. worth £ 190 for curtains. Two anonymous judges received £ 57,660 and £ 56,653. One demanded £ 2500 for upholstery & # 39; together with £ 15,600 in brokerage fees and £ 1,145 for a survey. The other claimed a £ 384 hotel bill, £ 108 for moved cars to the new address and £ 23,910 in stamp duty.

Mr Justice Stephen Stewart had help with rent and bills after he moved to different courts

Stephen Stewart received £ 57,044 to cover his rent, travel and municipal taxes while working in Liverpool and Manchester (depicted: the mansion of Mr. Justice Stewart in the northwest). Six other judges were identified. They are senior circuit judges who were entitled to a £ 148,526 salary this year and received relocation packages when they were sent to various courts in England and Wales. Some seem to have used public funds to rent homes near their new postings, while remaining owners of large country houses. Mr. Stephen Stewart, who was on the North and North East circuits from 2014 to 2016, received £ 57,044 to cover his rent, travel, and municipal taxes while working in Liverpool and Manchester. Mr. Justice William Davis received £ 29,842 to pay for utilities such as broadband, rent and municipal taxes. He was the oldest judge in Birmingham, but is now in the High Court in London.

Judge Simon Hickey, left, and Judge James Goss, on the right, also received money from the public

Pictured: the home of Edward Hess, home of the Cotswold, whose rent was paid when he moved. Mr. Justice James Goss received £ 25,205 over two years to cover travel, rent and bills for gas, electricity, water and internet after moving from Newcastle to the Supreme Court in London in 2014. Joseph Hickey, senior circuit judge in the Northeast, received in 2014 -15 a relocation package of £ 10,778 – usually to save his possessions. Hunter Edward Hess, who in 2015 was appointed as a member of the circuit of West England. , got £ 7,200 for six months' rent, while Judge John Harrow got £ 4,780 for relocation costs. Low MP David Hanson, who sits on the Justice Select Committee, said: "These payments are a very strange priority, at a time in which the ministry undergoes major cuts and the courts are falling apart. & # 39; This newspaper asked the MoJ in October 2016 to tell how much she had spent on moving packages for judges. In November 2017, the department revealed that it had paid £ 186,866 in the next financial year and £ 192,907. Last week, the MoJ mentioned six judges who had received money to move – but refused to identify another three on the grounds of "could jeopardize their security". A spokesman said: "Judges can be asked to move to ensure that we keep access to the courts in all parts of the country." It is a long-standing policy that people who need to work for their work ensure adequate support. & # 39;