Wales

Crown court judge Michael Farmer dies, aged 66

Judge Michael Farmer QC
Image caption Judge Michael Farmer QC died on Saturday morning

A crown court judge has died suddenly after being taken ill in London.

His Hon Judge Michael Farmer QC, 66, had been a judge on the Wales and Chester circuit since 2001.

He was also a chairman of a special review into Anglesey Council in 1998-99, and fought the Conwy seat for Plaid Cymru in 1974.

A minute's silence took place at Mold Crown Court on Monday, with members of the crown, county, family and magistrates' courts coming together.

Judge Farmer, who was educated in Penygroes, Gwynedd, started his working life as a teacher in Llandudno.

He was called to the bar in 1972, becoming a a crown court recorder in 1995 and a Wales and Chester circuit judge in 2001.

Judge Farmer was designated a family judge in North Wales and a deputy Welsh language liaison judge for the Wales and Chester circuit in 2004.

He fought the Conwy seat for Plaid Cymru in two general elections in 1974 and chaired a special review into Anglesey Council 12 years ago.

Judge Farmer, who lived in Flintshire, became a member of the Gorsedd of Bards two years ago.

He was visiting London at the weekend when he was taken ill.

He leaves a widow and two children, both barristers.

Judge Philip Hughes led the minute's silence in court on Monday, saying: "You will have heard the very sad news at the weekend that his honour Judge Michael Farmer QC died suddenly in London on Saturday morning."

He was joined by Judge Dafydd Hughes, Judge Niclas Parry and Judge Viv Reeves, together with barristers, prosecutors, defence solicitors, court staff, probation officers, youth workers and witness support staff.

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