NI: Mr Justice Colton expected to become presiding judge of Coroners’ Court

High Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Colton is expected to replaceLord Justice Weir as presiding judge of the Coroners’ Court next week, UTV News reports.

Lord Weir took on the role on a temporary basis following the retirement of senior coroner John Leckey last year.

Lord Weir undertook the two-week review of 56 legacy cases, many of which have failed to proceed beyond preliminary hearings.

Mr Justice Colton will now take over that work.

The senior judge became a barrister in 1983 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006, having specialised in personal injury litigations, media law, defamation and criminal work.

The Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan will retain overall responsibility for the Coroners’ Courts while Mr Justice Colton will provide oversight and leadership for the coroners.

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