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Judge to get Honoured Citizen Award

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A LONG-serving Crown Court judge is being recognised for his work in Leicester by being given an Honoured Citizen Award.

Judge Simon Hammond, who has presided over cases at Leicester Crown Court for more than 20 years, is due to retire this summer, and has been nominated for the award by a colleague, Judge Robert Brown.

He will be given the Honoured Citizen Award by Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Stephen Corrall, at the Town Hall on Tuesday, June 21, at 3pm.

Judge Hammond’s career saw him appointed as Recorder in 1986 before becoming a Circuit Judge in 1995. He was also appointed as Equality and Diversity Judge in 2004 – a position he has held ever since.

Outside of the courtroom, Judge Hammond has also played a keen role in local issues, including involvement with the city’s different faith organisations, accompanying Street Pastors at night on the city’s streets, and supporting numerous local charities, as well we being a church warden for many years.

Over the course of his long career, Judge Hammond has also mentored numerous newly-appointed Recorders and Circuit Judges, as well as taking a leading role in the annual schools’ competition in which pupils from across the city stage mock Crown Court trials.

In his letter nominating Judge Hammond for the award, Judge Brown wrote: “I cannot think of another judge who is more concerned about this city and county or more deserving of your award as recognition of that service.” 

Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Stephen Corrall added: “Honoured Citizens Awards are given to people who have really made a difference, and Judge Hammond is clearly someone whose work over the years has seen him very closely involved with the city.

“He has served the city for over 20 years, both in the courtroom and in the wider community, and this award is a very fitting way to thank him for all his work.”