Monday, 25 July 2011

Chief Judge Russell Johnson

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson. He has been taken too early and the courts of New Zealand have lost a great leader. His open and humble approach to his work, with just a touch of the naval command, was his outstanding contribution. He sat everywhere as the Chief Judge, but always had time when I met him in the streets to stop and chat. His colleagues on the benches must be saddened by the loss of their leader, a man who worked alongside rather than a distant figure and with a quick quip and smile. His family must also be distressed and my heart goes to them as well.

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