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Mold Crown Court holds eulogy for Flintshire judge Michael Farmer

TRIBUTES have been paid in Crown Courts throughout Wales to Judge Michael Farmer QC, who died of a suspected heart attack on a visit to London.

His widow Olwen and his son and daughter Sion and Mair, both barristers, attended a special eulogy in his honour at his home court at Mold on  Thursday, led by the presiding judge for Wales Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones.

A number of Crown Court and county court judges from the Wales and the Northern Circuit attended, together with barristers, solicitors, court staff, magistrates and other court users, and similar tributes were held simultaneously at the Crown Court at Cardiff, Swansea and Merthyr.

Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones said that the news of Judge Farmer’s death had been received with great sadness by the judiciary, the legal profession and court staff throughout Wales.

He described him ‘a judge of great distinction’ who possessed judicial qualities in abundance.

He was fair-minded and was able to deal with large numbers of cases fairly, quickly and efficiently.

Judge Farmer, he said, he become ‘a most successful’ designated family judge.

He was a true patriot who was devoted to Wales, the language and its people, who believed that it was no more than basic fairness that people should use in court the language in which they conducted their daily lives, Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones said.

Judge Farmer served on the Lord Chancellor’s standing committee on the Welsh language and in 2009 had become a member of the Orsedd at the Bala National Eisteddfod.

Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones added: “He has been taken from us in his prime and when he had a great deal to offer.

“The number of his years is not the measure of this life – he made an outstanding contribution to the administration of justice and to the life of the nation.”

Tributes were also paid by Patrick Harrington QC and solicitor Bryn Williams on behalf of the Gwynedd Law Society.