Lancaster magistrates will have a new chairman from January 1, Stephen Lamley.
Mr Lamley was elected at the annual bench meeting last Thursday to succeed Mo Appleton, chairman for the past three years.
Tribute to Mrs Appleton’s hard work as chairman was paid by Judith Threlfall, who was re-elected a deputy chairman. Sue Harvey was elected a deputy chairman.
Presentations have been made to several magistrates, whose service has or is about to end. They are Anita Barlow, Christopher Greenwood, Carol Holroyd, Geraldine McIllmurray, Bryan Milner and Jenni Ross.
Mrs Appleton congratulated them all on their dedicated service.
Three new magistrates have been welcomed to the bench – Susan Arnfield, Christine Ingram and Christopher Norman.