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‘Mischievous’ judge bids farewell to court with middle finger salute

Popular silk, His Honour Judge Neil ‘George’ Ford QC, has last laugh at retirement send off

9 January 2017

A respected judge has said goodbye to the bench with a humorous gesture during his final appearance at Bristol Crown Court.

His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC – who became a recorder in 2009 – used his out of office email status to display a drawing of a fist making a single middle finger salute on the court’s ClickShare system, the Bristol Post has reported.

Known for his good humour, peers praised both Ford’s serious and mischievous sides. In a valedictory speech, Mr Justice James Dingemans referred to Ford as ‘George’, to the amusement of a packed court.

The alias, assigned by the QC himself, harked back to when he scribbled a ‘very large phallus’ on a c...

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