It was exactly two years ago, on 13 November 2016, that sadly Sir Mota Singh passed away. It is an honour to give the inaugural lecture in his memory at Lincoln’s Inn, of which he was a Bencher. It is a particular pleasure for us to welcome Swaran Kaur (Lady Singh) and other members of his family to be with us this evening. Mota Singh was not only a wise judge but a much loved person, amongst his colleagues, amongst practitioners and with the staff at Southwark Crown Court, where he sat for some 20 years after his appointment as a Circuit Judge in 1982. I know that because, having myself sat at Southwark when I was a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit, I found that, more than a decade after his retirement, Mota Singh was still remembered with great affection by the judges and staff there.
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