The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) have dismissed complaints made against His Honour Judge David Wynn Morgan following comments directed at solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker last year.
The circuit judge was sitting at Cardiff Crown Court when he blasted Mr Blacker for appearing in court looking like "something out of Harry Potter."
He added: "I have been practising in these courts since 1978 and I have never seen a barrister or solicitor appear before these courts wearing a medal or with badges sewn onto his gown."
Mr Blacker had appeared before the court to defend bus driver Andrzej Wojcicki, who stood charged with causing the death of a cyclist by dangerous driving.
During the hearing, he had displayed a number of colourful ribbons and badges sewed onto his gown.
When quizzed, Blacker stated that he had earned them for voluntary medical service with St John Ambulance.
Unimpressed, Judge Morgan ended by saying: "If you ever appear before this court again dressed as you are I shall exercise my right to decline to hear you."
A complaint was filed shortly after the incident by Mr Blacker, who argued that he felt what was displayed was judicial bias. However, the JCIO ruled today that the complaints filed regarding the conduct of Judge Morgan are to be dismissed entirely.
In a statement issued by the JCIO, they added: "‘The Lord Chancellor and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division found that HHJ Morgan was entitled to challenge the appearance and status as a legal representative of Mr Alan Blacker, also known as Lord Harley and this did not amount to misconduct.
‘HHJ Morgan has been issued with informal advice regarding how to deal with such situations in future. This is not, however, a form of rebuke or disciplinary sanction.’
‘like something out of Harry Potter’.