MAGISTRATE Simon Norris-Jones has retired after 15 years’ service.
Simon, who has lived in Shoreham since 1970, was presented with an engraved goblet by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, last Friday to mark the occasion.
During his time on the bench, Simon sat at courts in Worthing, Chichester, Brighton and Crawley as a chairman in both the adult and youth courts. He was also speaker in the Magistrates in the Community programme, organised by the Magistrates Association, which involved giving talks to schools and community groups.
Simon, who is married with three children, joined Shoreham company Ricardo Consulting Engineers in 1965 as a graduate mechanical engineer.
He spent the next 25 years with the company, specialising in design and development of diesel engines for Ricardo’s worldwide client base.
In 1991, Simon left Ricardo to run his own manufacturing company, based in Billingshurst, specialising in the manufacture of precision components for the medical, aerospace, semiconductor and motor racing industries.
He said that once his three children had grown up, he felt he had the time to get involved in voluntary work.
“I chose the magistracy as something different to my engineering discipline, but requiring similar skills in respect of evaluation of evidence, decision making communication and people management,” he explained.