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ADDRESS BY THE BAR. (From the "Telegraph" of yesterday.) This morning being the last time on which hla Honor Mr Justice Ward pre--sided m the Supreme Oourt, there was a large numbsr of the profession present to take leave of him. Mr Weston aald that he had been deputed on the part of the profession to ex- | press to bis Bospr their regret that circumstances, over which ttey had no oontrol, had necessitated the retirement of hla Honor from the Benah of the Supreme Oonrt. He felt sure that one and all regretted vary much indeed his Honor's retirement, as they recognised the ability be had displayed while aoting as locum tenena, as they bad also done formerly whilst his Honor was aoting aa Judge of the District Oonrt. The expectations the profession had formed of the ability cf his Honor bad not been disappointed, and the oareer of his Honor oh the Supreme Oonrt Bench had been noteworthy for his extreme oonrtsey. At all times bis Honor had been prepared to saorifioe bis own private convenience for that of the pro--fession. Tbe members of the profession m Christohurch, whilst regretting that oiroumstanoes had necessitated the retire* ment of his Honor, desired to unite m expressing a hope that whatever cffioe be might m tbe future be oall npon to fill, he might fill It to hla own satisfaction, as they were snre be wonld to that of the pro* fetslon. He wonld now, on behalf of the profession, desire to wish bis Honor every bapplnesis during the remainder of his life. Hie * Honor said— Mr Weston and gentlemen, I have to tender my sincere thanks for the kind and courteous address just delivered, On my arrival here yon met me with frank cordiality, but an address of weloome Is after all ohle#y a matter of courtesy, an address at parting one of appreciation And although I oannot flatter myself that all the kind expressions to which I have just listened were deserved—for no one oan be more conscloas than I of many shortcomings — still it Is pleasant to know tbat these with whom I have worked during the last sixteen months believe that I have done my best, and at all events tbe records of the Oourt of i ppeal will not tell agatnst my decisions. There is one matter to whioh I wish briefly to advert, namely the praotloe of glvlog judgment In every case at onoe, on the conclusion of the argument or evidenoe. This, I have been told, was the cause of at least two out of the fix unsuccessful appeals tbat were disposed of m November last. No doubt, when Counsel hear an argument, which has taken three days to work out thoroughly, disposed of at onoe In a brief judgment, they are apt to suppose tbat sufficient consideration bas not been given to that on which they have spent so long a time. Put In reality the fact that daring the past sixteen months I have only found it necessary to reserve judgment once js the highest compliment I could pay to the Christ--ohorch bar. The eases have been so {dearly pntbefore me, and the arguments npon them have been so exhaustive that there bas beep no difficulty In seeing what the real pofots were upon whioh tbey turned * or, consequently, In deciding thorn. And if I felt certain that no further consideration wonld alter the decision arrived at when the argument closed, then It appeared to me that suitors -wonld prefer a speedy judgment, though counsel might wish for a dalayed and elaborate one. There is ample ground for argument In favor of either course, and I do not presume to say which Is right. 1 only know whioh seemed right to me. For yonr sympathy ln my disappointment I also thank you. It has been unpleasant, bnt one learns to be somewhat philosophical on suoh matters when: advancing m years ; and, after all, one can stand • single sword stroke well enough, bnt nine months of plo prinking suspense have been somewhat hard measure. However, I wonld rather tbat m*>n should ask why I was not appointed a Jndge of the Supreme Oonrt than why I was appointed. And I shall always remember with gratitude for the rest of my life the klud oourtesy and cordial good feeling shown to me by tho Bar of (Jhrlstohnrch during my term of offioe »s acting Judge. The p-ceipdjpgi thia termioitpd,

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FAREWELL OF JUDGE WARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889

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FAREWELL OF JUDGE WARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889