Our revels now are ended.

Helen Gavaghan, Bradford Crown Court. 30th August 2019.

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Judge David Hatton QC began today with his valedictory. His morning continued with the routine administration of justice. His honour's final action on the bench on his valedictory day was a committal for sentence enabling him to show compassion in the interest of justice. Yet as is so often the case, the Court heard an account of events which made clear it was by pure luck the victim did not experience serious injury. The defendant in this case was 21-year old Bobbie-lea Cowans. Judge Hatton cited his reasons for imposing a community order rather than a custodial sentence.

At the preceding valedictory Judge Jonathan Rose was the Master of Ceremonies. There were scurrilous tales, humerous stories and an awful lot of lawyers present, many of them Crown Court judges in full regalia.

Judge David Hatton QC graduated from the University of Bristol. He drove a milk float and worked as a labourer to pay for his pupillage for the Bar. Judge Hatton was called in 1976, became a Recorder in Sheffield in 1994, took silk in 1996, and was appointed a Crown Court Judge in 2012. In practise he specialised in criminal law and personal injury. In his speech Judge Hatton QC said, "Good advocacy can and does make a difference. I wish you well in your futures."

During the routine cases in the administration of justice which came before Judge Hatton this morning, advocate after advocate said, "It has been a pleasure and a privilege. I wish you a long and happy retirement", or words to that effect.

Published 15.00 30th August, 2019.

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