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University dedicates its law court to retiring judge

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Three judges were the first to enter the new law court at the University of Bolton.


 The £100,000 moot court, built within the University's Senate House, Deane Road, Bolton, will be used by students studying Law to develop and improve their legal and advocacy skills. Students study on the Law LLB (Hons) degree, both full-time and part-time.


The moot court boasts the latest in technology, filming students from several fixed points in the room and giving them in-court facilities to play back their advocacy performances, reviewing and honing their professional skills as they develop.


The court was opened at 11.30am by The Honorable Mr Justice, Sir Ernest Ryder QC, High Court Judge and presiding Judge for the North Circuit.


The court is dedicated to His Hon Judge William Morris, Honorary Recorder of Bolton, to mark his retirement from the Bench and in recognition of his outstanding service to the people of Bolton and the legal profession.


His Hon Judge William Morris has been appointed an Honorary Professor of the University on his retirement.


Said The Honorable Mr Justice, Sir Ernest Ryder QC: 'This is a fantastic facility - better than any court that I sit in anywhere in the country.


'Both William and I were born in Bolton and we both recognise and take great pleasure in seeing this fine institution growing on our doorstep.


'The work the students will do in this court, developing clarity of language and confidence in their judgement, will be important skills for them.'


Said His Hon Judge William Morris: 'Today is my retirement. I have been a judge for just over 17 years, 13 of which have been here in Bolton.


'This is a magnificent moot court - what an outstanding facility it truly is. To have it dedicated to me, and to be made an honorary professor  - how magnificent. What an honour - I feel it keenly.'


Also attending was His Hon Judge Timothy Clayson who will take on the role as recorder at Bolton.


Baroness Morris OBE DL DPhil LLD, Chancellor of the University of Bolton, and Dr George Holmes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton attended, as did senior academic staff and representatives from Bolton's law society.