Grimsby Crown Court bids fond farewell to Judge Reddihough
GRIMSBY Crown Court has said goodbye to Judge John Reddihough after more than eight years at the helm.
The court's resident judge is moving to Reading Crown Court.
His final day at the court featured tributes from colleagues and members of the legal fraternity.
Judge Reddihough was called to the Bar in 1969, came to Grimsby Crown Court as a judge in September 2000 and became resident judge in April 2001.
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Judge David Tremberg, the court's new resident judge, said Judge Reddihough had given "outstanding service" and "nothing less than complete commitment" to Grimsby Combined Court Centre.
The court was "one of the most efficiently run in the country" and he praised Judge Reddihough for showing consistency, courtesy, intellectual ability, a willingness to listen, common sense and sound judgement.
Judge John Dowse said: "He is a legend in his own time. He is well respected by the Bar, by solicitors and staff.
"He has been a remarkable asset to this town and this court."
Barrister Edward Bindloss praised Judge Reddihough for his "conscientiousness, hard work, sound judgement and courtesy".
Justices' clerk Philip Houlden said Judge Reddihough had, as magistrates' liaison judge, given support and guidance to local magistrates.
Court manager Dave Wright thanked Judge Reddihough on behalf of staff for his hard work and commitment to the court.
Team work had made it one of the best-performing courts in the area, he said.
Judge Reddihough said: "It is a very moving occasion for me.
"It is extremely kind of you all to say what you have said.
"It has been an enormous privilege to be resident judge for the last eight years.
"This is a very busy court and there are many people who play their part in running it."
He thanked those who had helped in the smooth running of the court and cases.
Presents were handed over to Judge Reddihough during the ceremony.
Coun Colin Eastwell, Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, and Mayoress Hilda Burns presented Judge Reddihough with a plaque of the Old Borough of Great Grimsby.
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