Tomorrow is a particularly sad day for my bench. I know Bystander and he had no idea I was going to
write this short piece. Tomorrow he will be officially â€œpast itâ€, though of course in reality nothing like
past 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, immense
knowledge, sense of fair play, sense of humour and seemingly endless stream of amusing court
I have not always agreed with him on bail and sentence decisions but thatâ€™s the way the system
works. I have learned a great deal from him and I am really sorry he will not be amongst us any
longer. I have heard him say that he thinks he saw the best of the bench many years ago. He may
be right but Iâ€™m still sure, even if he will not miss all of it, he will miss most of it.