Michael Duck QC and Adrian Keeling QC lead tributes to retiring Judge Coates

Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Michael Duck QC and Adrian Keeling QC have lead tributes to Judge Marten Coates, who is retiring after 40 years of serving justice.

Judge Coates began work as a barrister in 1973, and became a judge in 1997. He gained a reputation for fairness, and for his ability to get through long lists of pleas and sentences quickly.

In a courtroom at Warwick Crown Court, Adrian Keeling QC said: “You are a judge who has never lost sight of the simple word ‘justice’.

“There was always a deeper aim on your part to do the right thing: to be harsh where necessary but, perhaps more difficult, to take a chance when it was warranted.”

Michael Duck QC presented the Judge with a framed painting of the old crown court and also recalled his days as a pupil barrister of Judge Coates saying “I had the most instructive pupillage one could hope for; I learned a good deal about the job – and a good deal more on how to navigate the pubs of south Warwickshire.

“I still look back and occasionally think, when I have a difficult situation in court, ‘what would Coatesie do?’ It has served me well over 25 years.”

Please click here to read the full story in the Coventry Telegraph.

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