Judge Derwin Hope, Recorder of Southampton, has heard his last case

Judge Derwin Hope in his chambers with wife Heidi Hope

Judge Derwin Hope in his chambers with wife Heidi Hope

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

SOUTHAMPTON’S top judge has heard his last trial and sentenced his last criminal.

After a distinguished 44-year legal career, Judge Derwin Hope has retired as the Recorder of Southampton.

Colleagues and friends packed the courtroom at Southampton Crown Court as Judge Peter Ralls, who will take up the position as Recorder, paid tribute to Judge Hope, who he said had been “nothing less than an inspiration”.

He added: “He is a man of integrity and a man of wisdom. You could search the length and breadth of the country and you wouldn’t find a better judge.”

During the speeches it was revealed that Judge Hope flirted with showbusiness during his younger years, having been friends with singer Marianne Faithful and appearing as an extra in Carry on Camping.

But it was the law that became his passion and he was called to the Bar in 1970, before becoming a circuit judge in 2002 in Bolton.

He came to Southampton eight years ago and he was praised by many for bringing a positive atmosphere to the crown court and for being a judge who was always approachable.

Paying tribute on behalf of the Bar was Nigel Pascoe QC who described Judge Hope as a judge who “gives it as it is” before adding “you have made this such a popular and happy court again.”

Colleagues also noted his love for photography, travel and flying as well as his flair for writing.

Taunton-born Judge Hope, who celebrates his 70th birthday later this month, thanked the “marvellous” staff at the court and praised his “fantastic team” before paying tribute to his “most wonderful” wife Heidi and their two children.

He said: “Southampton will always be a place I remember fondly. The last five years in particular in Southampton have been absolutely fantastic.”

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12:46pm Sun 3 Aug 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

why is this news, someone has retired from a job so what it happens all the time.
why is this news, someone has retired from a job so what it happens all the time. likewatchingbrazil
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1:02pm Sun 3 Aug 14

thesouth says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
why is this news, someone has retired from a job so what it happens all the time.
You read it though
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: why is this news, someone has retired from a job so what it happens all the time.[/p][/quote]You read it though thesouth
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3:11pm Sun 3 Aug 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

just the headline
just the headline likewatchingbrazil
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3:26pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

The headline makes it sound like he's dead!
The headline makes it sound like he's dead! Kirsty666
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Sun 3 Aug 14

sparkster says...

retirement doesnt happen often does it!!!!!!!!!! Hardly news
retirement doesnt happen often does it!!!!!!!!!! Hardly news sparkster
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Sun 3 Aug 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

The judiciary lacks diversity. After Judge's retirement I hope the Ministry of Justice makes the Southampton bench as well as others more reflective of the population - women, black, Asians and other ethnic minorities deserve a place. It is high time that the old boy network of white middle class males is well over. All races, sexes must participate in imparting Justice. Goodbye Judge Hope. You should have recomended to the MOJ to appoint a non-white man or any woman in your place
The judiciary lacks diversity. After Judge's retirement I hope the Ministry of Justice makes the Southampton bench as well as others more reflective of the population - women, black, Asians and other ethnic minorities deserve a place. It is high time that the old boy network of white middle class males is well over. All races, sexes must participate in imparting Justice. Goodbye Judge Hope. You should have recomended to the MOJ to appoint a non-white man or any woman in your place CHIMPANZEE
  • Score: -6

10:38pm Sun 3 Aug 14

notableedingheart says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
The judiciary lacks diversity. After Judge's retirement I hope the Ministry of Justice makes the Southampton bench as well as others more reflective of the population - women, black, Asians and other ethnic minorities deserve a place. It is high time that the old boy network of white middle class males is well over. All races, sexes must participate in imparting Justice. Goodbye Judge Hope. You should have recomended to the MOJ to appoint a non-white man or any woman in your place
What utter politically correct nonsense. What about white working class males or white upper class males - you missed those! Do we appoint non-white males and any women from only the middle classes and ignore those from upper or working classes.
PC drivel such as this nonsense implies a conspiratorial action by a white ruling class against all others. What utter crap but crap we so often and regularly hear from people driven by ideology, jealousy and hatred.
The only criteria for selection into these types of positions is merit - nothing else.
Despite Chimp's screechings it is irrelevant what ethnicity or gender a person possesses and appointments should be based purely upon a person's competence to perform all of the public and private tasks and roles associated with these positions.
Chimp, we simply cannot discriminate against white males just because you have some ideological obsession or perhaps a simple jealousy for people who may have achieved more in life. And we do not need your divisive comments in a society already suffering from division.
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: The judiciary lacks diversity. After Judge's retirement I hope the Ministry of Justice makes the Southampton bench as well as others more reflective of the population - women, black, Asians and other ethnic minorities deserve a place. It is high time that the old boy network of white middle class males is well over. All races, sexes must participate in imparting Justice. Goodbye Judge Hope. You should have recomended to the MOJ to appoint a non-white man or any woman in your place[/p][/quote]What utter politically correct nonsense. What about white working class males or white upper class males - you missed those! Do we appoint non-white males and any women from only the middle classes and ignore those from upper or working classes. PC drivel such as this nonsense implies a conspiratorial action by a white ruling class against all others. What utter crap but crap we so often and regularly hear from people driven by ideology, jealousy and hatred. The only criteria for selection into these types of positions is merit - nothing else. Despite Chimp's screechings it is irrelevant what ethnicity or gender a person possesses and appointments should be based purely upon a person's competence to perform all of the public and private tasks and roles associated with these positions. Chimp, we simply cannot discriminate against white males just because you have some ideological obsession or perhaps a simple jealousy for people who may have achieved more in life. And we do not need your divisive comments in a society already suffering from division. notableedingheart
  • Score: 2

10:59pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ratface75 says...

no hope of finishing is his criminal street name, but he was one of the nicest judge's at crown court, have a lovely retirement nhof
no hope of finishing is his criminal street name, but he was one of the nicest judge's at crown court, have a lovely retirement nhof ratface75
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