His Honour Judge James Burbidge QC received the scroll appointing him the first Honorary Recorder of the City of Wolverhampton at an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council yesterday evening (Wednesday).

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The Honorary Recorder is a ceremonial role, created to maintain and develop close links between council and the judiciary as well as to encourage an understanding of the judicial system among the community.

Kevin O'Keefe, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Governance, said: "We are delighted to appoint His Honour Judge James Burbidge QC as the first Honorary Recorder of the City of Wolverhampton.

"In his role, he will be an important link between the council, the people and the courts, and will become a familiar face at Civic events around the City."

The Honorary Recorder will attend ceremonial and civic functions as well as inviting members of the council to attend judicial events. He will also be the most senior Judge to sit at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

In the future, the title will pass automatically to the Senior Resident Judge of Wolverhampton Crown Court upon their appointment by the Lord Chief Justice.

  • released: Thursday 29 March, 2018