- Tomorrow is a particularly sad day for my bench. I know Bystander and he had no idea I was going towrite this short piece. Tomorrow he will be officially “past it”, though of course in reality nothing likepast it and he is as sharp as they come.Both here on this blog and in our retiring rooms we will miss his kindness, warmth, immenseknowledge, sense of fair play, sense of humour and seemingly endless stream of amusing courtanecdotes.I have not always agreed with him on bail and sentence decisions but that’s the way the systemworks. I have learned a great deal from him and I am really sorry he will not be amongst us anylonger. I have heard him say that he thinks he saw the best of the bench many years ago. He maybe right but I’m still sure, even if he will not miss all of it, he will miss most of it.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
So its Goodnight From Him
A colleague, who has sometimes posted here as Bystander N, has sent me the following, asking me to put it on the blog. It is gratifying, and I hope that it is true.