NEWLY retired judge Sir Anthony Hart is the new Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland.
Sir Anthony’s last trial saw the conviction of Brian Shivers for murdering two soldiers at Massereene Barracks in Antrim. Justice Minister David Ford said : ” As a well – respected member of the Judiciary, Sir Anthony has vast experience of the criminal justice system, which I have no doubt will complement the wealth of experience within the commissioners. ”
Sir Anthony was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1969. He was appointed a QC in 1983 and a county court judge in 1985. He was recorder of Derry from 1985 – 90, and of Belfast from 1997 – 2005, and was the first person to be appointed as presiding judge of the county courts in Northern Ireland in 2002.
In January 2005 he was promoted to the High Court, and untill his retirement in January 2012 was responsible to the Lord Chief Justice for the pre – trial case management of all Crown Court trials conducted by High Court Judges, and presided over many criminal trials.
STORY FIRST PUBLISHED IN : BELFAST TELEGRAPH BY MICHAEL McHUGH.
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