‘The Family Bench’ – by Howard Charles.
Howard was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1990. During the time he served on the Bench Howard was involved in many aspects of the work and the organisation of the of the Northallerton Bench; this included the selection and training of new magistrates and sitting on the various committees concerning the administration of the courts. Howard sat as Chairman in the Adult Criminal Court and the Family Court which deals primarily with Local Authority Care applications and was Bench Chairman of Northallerton from 2009 to 2011. Howard retired (having reached the age of seventy) at the end of last year, and so for the last twenty-three years his work as a magistrate has played a major role in his life; it is, of course, a voluntary position which had to be interwoven with his main occupation as a potter – not always easy!
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