LEADING magistrate Bruce Merlin retired on Friday after more than 20 years’ service.
The Skelmanthorpe man began hearing cases at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court in 1987.
Mr Merlin, 70, received whisky tumblers as a retirement gift from grateful colleagues.
Fellow magistrate Eileen Marchant said: “He will be sorely missed by all of us. Bruce is a man of great integrity who is passionate about justice for the people. He has very sound judgement and great common sense.”
Mr Merlin, a former teacher, was chairman of the Huddersfield Bench from 2004 to 2006 and chaired the Bench Training and Development Committee between 1996 and 2003.
Mrs Marchant added: “Bruce also chaired the Justices Issues Group, a committee of bench chairman from courts across West Yorkshire. In Huddersfield, he was a very committed member of the Family Panel which decides on adoption and care issues”.
In his retirement he will enjoy walking, gardening and singing with the Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society.