Yesterday I attended the memorial service at the Temple Church for His Honour Judge Plumstead, who died aged 64 in September. The church was packed: family, friends, colleagues from Bench and Bar, and members of the Court staff at St Albans, where he sat. The service was both grand and intimate, with personal reminiscences, a poem read by his daughter, hymns for the congregation and pieces for the superb Temple choir, and the stirring words of comfort that the Church is so good at providing on occasions like this. John Plumstead was a rarity among judges – many are respected, some are liked, but almost none are loved. He was.
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I am a QC and member of 23 Essex Street Chambers, London (www.23es.com) & an associate member of Trinity Chambers, Newcastle (www.trinitychambers.co.uk). Past Chair of the Criminal Bar Association of England & Wales. Bencher of Middle Temple. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I practise criminal law. Please do not look for legal advice in this blog as you won't find any. The views expressed here are entirely personal. View all posts by Francis FitzGibbon QC