Rosemary Riddell Speaker
Rosemary Riddell. Photo Supplied

Rosemary Riddell, author of To be Fair: Confessions of a District Court Judge, will address the next meeting of the Cromwell University of the Third Age meeting in Cromwell Town and Country Club.

Rosemary will introduce the audience to a day in the life of a judge, to show what it is like to deal with offenders in the criminal court and families in the family court.

She has a wealth of stories to share and some strong views on laws that she considers unjust, as well as her take on societal issues.

Rosemary graduated with a law degree from the University of Auckland at the age of 40.  From 1993 to 2006 she worked as a lawyer in Auckland and Dunedin, before being appointed as a District Court Judge to Hamilton, where she was based for the next 12 years.

Her stories are peppered with humour and compassion, and she is open about her own family tragedy.

Rosemary is a lively, entertaining speaker, and she talks of the things she could not have mentioned while being a judge. University of the Third Age is a world-wide organisation which began in France in the 1970’s.

It aims to provide an opportunity for people within our community, particularly the retired, to listen, think about or question information from speakers who have specialised knowledge of a topic.

Cromwell U3A’s Helen Dunbar says, “We are delighted that Rosemary has agreed to speak to Cromwell U3A. Her talk will be thought-provoking and we know there will be plenty of interesting discussion about the law and its injustices”. U3A is brought to Cromwell through Central Otago REAP, and details are: Where: Cromwell Town & Country Club, Date: Wednesday, 20 April, Time: 10am-12 noon, Fee: $5. Registration and further information:  www.coreap.org.nz or 03 448 6115