Judges and lawyers pay tribute to 'simply the best' Anna

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Exeter Crown Court - Credit: Submitted

Judges and lawyers have paid tribute to a legal adviser who is retiring after overseeing tens of thousands of Magistrates Courts cases over 30 years.

Anna Miller has helped magistrates and solicitors on a daily basis at Exeter Magistrates Court, which covers cases from the city, Exmouth, East Devon, Okehampton, and much of the Teign Valley.

Judge Peter Johnson, Recorder of the City of Exeter and resident judge at Exeter Crown Court, led tributes.

He said she had played a key part in enabling the Magistrates Court to move from its old home in Heavitree Road to two courtrooms within the Crown Court building.

He said she has been a remarkable member of staff and exemplary legal team leader, who was simply the best.

He said: “She has been knowledgeable, unflappable, firm, articulate, and supportive to magistrates and staff.”

His remarks were backed up by defence and prosecution solicitors and colleagues.

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The main Court One was packed for the ceremony, which ended with those present giving three cheers. Another 35 well-wishers joined by video conference.

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