Rhys Rowlands is senior judge for north Wales

Judge Rhys Rowlands Image copyright Rhys Rowlands/Dee News
Image caption Judge Rhys Rowlands was called to the bar in 1986

A new senior judge for north Wales has been appointed.

Rhys Rowlands has been made the region's resident judge, taking over from Judge Merfyn Hughes QC, who recently retired.

Born in Bangor, he is married with two daughters, lives in the Vale of Clwyd and will work across north Wales.

Educated at University College London and Cardiff University, he is a former prosecuting solicitor for North Wales Police.

He was called to the bar in 1986, practising from Chester chambers.

Judge Rowlands was appointed a recorder in 2000, and became a circuit judge in 2010, based at Cardiff Crown Court.

He has also conducted trials in north Wales, sitting at Mold and Caernarfon Crown Courts.

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