New judge welcomed at Portsmouth Crown Court

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BARRISTERS, court staff and members of the judiciary welcomed a new judge.

Judge William Ashworth was yesterday welcomed at a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court after he was made a circuit judge last week.

The 45-year-old, who was formerly a district judge in magistrates’ courts and a crown court recorder, will hear criminal cases in the city.

Barrister Anthony Bailey said he wished the judge ‘congratulations’ on his appointment.