Respected magistrate dies

CLARENCE magistrate Kim Pogson has been remembered as an “astute lawyer” and a man with a “great sense of humour” by colleagues after he died on Thursday night.

Mr Pogson had been battling a long illness, which would have forced him to retire from the Ballina-Grafton Local Court circuit later this month.

News of the death of the respected magistrate spread quickly on Friday.

“It is with great regret that we receive the news of the passing of Kim Pogson, magistrate,” Far North Coast Law Society vice-president Jim Fuggle said.

“Magistrate Pogson served the communities of the Northern Rivers for many years presiding over courts from the Tweed to Grafton and Lismore.

“Mr Pogson was known for his ‘matter of fact' manner and efficient running of the court.

“He was an astute lawyer and a magistrate that was able to balance the difficult tasks involving the administration of justice, showing compassion while still being firm and fair. He took his responsibilities seriously, knowing his decisions affected the lives of those who came before him.

“Away from the bench, he was a lively character, possessing a great sense of humour and love of life, with a great turn of phrase and great interest in people.

“He will be missed by all those who had the pleasure and honour of not only working with, but knowing such a dedicated and astute man.”

NSW Chief Magistrate, Judge Graeme Henson, passed on the court's condolences to Mr Pogson's wife Sandra, his children Jodie and Mitchell and his extended family.

“Magistrates who knew Kim will remember him as a person who was committed to his role as a magistrate and to the court as a whole,” he said.

“Kim never hesitated in offering his assistance to his colleagues whenever he could.

“He was a person with an exuberant love of life, a deep interest in people and great enthusiasm for travel.

“He will be missed both as a colleague and as a friend.

“Those of us who worked with him and shared the pleasure of his company will not forget Kim's contribution to the history of this court and to its remarkable collegiality.

“Kim will be sorely missed.”

Mr Pogson started his career as a solicitor in the Manly-Warringah area where he worked for about 20 years.

He was appointed as a magistrate on July 11, 1994.

Mr Pogson served at the Bathurst circuit before moving to the Lismore circuit in 1998.

In 2001, he returned to Sydney for a short while, but his affinity with the Northern Rivers saw him return here in 2006 to take on the Ballina circuit.

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