Justice Richard Hollingworth has withdrawn from judicial duties and resigned as a deputy district judge after telling a shocked court: “With a name like Patel she can only be working in a corner shop or off licence.”
Hollingworth is now under investigation and could face the sack from another post he holds.
He dropped his bombshell at a hearing after asking a prosecution team if they could bring forward the case against a Mr Singh accused of bombarding Miss Patel with texts and threats.
He was told it was not possible to hear it on that day as it was not listed and because Miss Patel was not in court.
Justice Hollingworth, 63, said: “She can’t be doing anything important.”
When Crown Prosecution Service lawyers asked what he meant, he replied: “With a name like Patel she can only be working in a corner shop or off licence.”