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Appointment as a District Court, Environment Court or Employment Court Judge

If you wish to register your interest in appointment as a District, Environment or Employment Court Judge you can fill in this form:

Expression of interest form [PDF, 116 KB]

or you can read more about it in this booklet:

Judicial appointments information booklet [PDF, 360 KB]

Appointment to the High Court Bench

If you wish to register your interest in appointment as a High Court Judge or Associate Judge you can fill in this form:

Expression of interest form [PDF, 379 KB]

or you can read more about the protocol here:

Appointments protocol [PDF, 143 KB]

Human Rights Commission / Te Kāhui Tika Tangata - Disability Rights Commissioner

Expressions of interest are invited for the position of Disability  Rights Commissioner under section 8 (1A)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1993.   

The Human Rights Commission is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national human rights institution. The Commission works with the Government and civil society to advocate and promote respect for human rights, and to promote harmonious relations in New Zealand.

To lead the Commission’s work in the area of disability rights you will need a deep understanding of the issues facing disabled people, including tāngata whaikaha Māori,  together with experience in advocacy or public education. 

You will need a sound understanding of, and sensitivity to, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.    Ideally, you will also have an understanding of the Human Rights Act 1993, the Crown Entities Act 2004, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and New Zealand’s obligations under various United Nations conventions (especially the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

The appointment of the Disability  Rights Commissioner is made by the Governor-General on the advice of the Minister of Justice.  The Minister is in turn advised by an independent panel established to provide an assessment of candidates. 

The governing legislation provides for a term of appointment of up to five years with the option for reappointment.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Applications close at 4.30 pm Friday 28 October 2022

Please email your completed application forms, curriculum vitae and a covering letter to General.OLC@justice.govt.nz  (Enquiries may also be directed to this email address or you can phone 04 0494 9730).

or post to:

Appointments and Specialist Functions Unit
Ministry of Justice
SX10088
WELLINGTON

ALTERNATIVE FORMATS

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Easy Read information

Large Print

Sign Language Video

Here is a direct link to download the Disability Commissioner job advertisement. This will allow you to download the video directly onto your own device so that you may upload it to your chosen platform/s:

https://vimeo.com/deafaotearoa/download/754560796/e26e1f03e4(external link) 

Deputy Legal Complaints Review Officer

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of a full-time Deputy Legal Complaints Review Officer (LCRO). Under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, appointment to this position is made by the Minister of Justice, in consultation with the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers.

As a Deputy LCRO you will provide independent oversight and review of the decisions of the Standards Committees of the NZ Law Society and the NZ Society of Conveyancers, which handle complaints in the first instance.

To be appointed a Deputy LCRO you must not be practising as a lawyer or conveyancer at the time of appointment.  Applicants will, however, be required to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand legal environment, and a familiarity with the professional conduct issues that arise in day-to-day legal practice.

The preference is for the appointee to be based in Auckland but location elsewhere may be considered.

Application documents

Applications close at 4.30 pm Friday 18 November 2022.

Please email your completed application forms, curriculum vitae and a covering letter to General.OLC@justice.govt.nz

or post to:

Appointments and Specialist Functions Unit
Ministry of Justice
SX10088
WELLINGTON

 


Tenancy Adjudicator - Christchurch

A Tenancy Adjudicator is required for the Tenancy Tribunal in the Christchurch area.

The standard commitment is one to two days per week, but more days may be available if desired.  Some flexibility may be necessary to fit the demands of the roster.

This position will cover a range of court locations.

Please refer to the application pack [DOC, 75 KB] for detailed information.

The successful applicant will have a legal qualification or relevant experience in adjudication.  Applicants must demonstrate a capacity for impartial adjudication, the ability to conduct a hearing professionally, and an ability to manage hearings with self-representing parties.  They must also be able to demonstrate efficient work habits, good time-management and an ability to make clear, logical decisions.  Good oral and written communication skills are essential, as is computer literacy.  Some flexibility to travel would be beneficial.

For more information about this position, contact Terina Edwards

Email: Terina.Edwards@justice.govt.nz

 Applications for the position close at midday, Thursday, 15 December 2022.

 

REFEREE, DISPUTES TRIBUNAL – AUCKLAND REGION

The Disputes Tribunal is currently seeking expressions of interest in the role of Disputes Tribunal Referee for the Auckland region. The Disputes Tribunal is a division of the District Court, and currently hears a range of civil claims up to a value of $30,000.00.  Most of our disputes involve contract and consumer issues, but we also deal with other civil matters, such as car accidents, or claims in negligence causing damage to property.  Referees are appointed as judicial officers by warrant from the Governor-General on the advice of the Minister of Justice.  The role is part time, and generally involves 2-4 days a week of hearings, depending on caseflows.

The Disputes Tribunal is becoming increasingly central in the delivery of civil justice and a further increase in jurisdiction is possible.  Referees are required to conduct hearings which take place at the local District Court building.  During the hearing, the Referee assesses whether the parties can come to an agreement about their dispute.  If not, the Referee makes a decision in the matter.  This decision is provided in writing, with reasons, and has the status of a District Court order.  As a judicial officer working in a Tribunal setting, you would need to have strong legal and analytical abilities, hold relevant qualifications in law, mediation or arbitration, and enjoy working with people from all walks of life to help them resolve their differences.  If you are new to the role, full training is provided. 

It is important that the membership of the Tribunal reflects the community, and to that end we seek applications from people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and age groups.  The Tribunal is also committed to providing a service that reflects the principles of Te Tiriti, and to ensuring that the Tribunal is a place where all people feel welcomed and supported.   

Successful candidates will show abilities in listening, assessing information, making decisions, relating to and communicating with a wide variety of people, responding sensitively to cultural differences, expressing themselves clearly, and be able to engage in alternative ways of resolving disputes.  A Referee also needs to show common sense and practical judgement and must be able to act with fairmindedness and impartiality.  The full criteria for assessment are set out in R38 of the Disputes Tribunal Rules 1989.

Referees are currently paid $530.00 a day under the Cabinet Fees Framework.  However, the Tribunal has been included in the latest Remuneration Authority Bill which has just been introduced to Parliament.  If enacted, this will change the basis of the pay.   

Any person within the community may nominate you for the role.  Nominations must be sent in writing or by email. They must contain the name, address, telephone number and email address of both the nominator and the person being nominated.   Once a nomination has been received, the person who is nominated will be sent an application pack with details relating to the position and how to apply for it.

Nominations are to be made to the Principal Disputes Referee, DX SX 11159, Wellington, Ph: (04) 9143131, or email disputestribunal@justice.govt.nz   Nominations must be received by this office no later than Friday, 30 December 2022.  Late nominations will not be accepted.

 

REFEREE, DISPUTES TRIBUNAL – CHRISTCHURCH REGION

 The Disputes Tribunal is currently seeking expressions of interest in the role of Disputes Tribunal Referee for the Christchurch region. The Disputes Tribunal is a division of the District Court, and currently hears a range of civil claims up to a value of $30,000.00.  Most of our disputes involve contract and consumer issues, but we also deal with other civil matters, such as car accidents, or claims in negligence causing damage to property.  Referees are appointed as judicial officers by warrant from the Governor-General on the advice of the Minister of Justice.  The role is part time, and generally involves 2-4 days a week of hearings, depending on caseflows.

The Disputes Tribunal is becoming increasingly central in the delivery of civil justice and a further increase in jurisdiction is possible.  Referees are required to conduct hearings which take place at the local District Court building.  During the hearing, the Referee assesses whether the parties can come to an agreement about their dispute.  If not, the Referee makes a decision in the matter.  This decision is provided in writing, with reasons, and has the status of a District Court order.  As a judicial officer working in a Tribunal setting, you would need to have strong legal and analytical abilities, hold relevant qualifications in law, mediation or arbitration, and enjoy working with people from all walks of life to help them resolve their differences.  If you are new to the role, full training is provided.

It is important that the membership of the Tribunal reflects the community, and to that end we seek applications from people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and age groups.  The Tribunal is also committed to providing a service that reflects the principles of Te Tiriti, and to ensuring that the Tribunal is a place where all people feel welcomed and supported.   

Successful candidates will show abilities in listening, assessing information, making decisions, relating to and communicating with a wide variety of people, responding sensitively to cultural differences, expressing themselves clearly, and be able to engage in alternative ways of resolving disputes.  A Referee also needs to show common sense and practical judgement and must be able to act with fairmindedness and impartiality.  The full criteria for assessment are set out in R38 of the Disputes Tribunal Rules 1989.

Referees are currently paid $530.00 a day under the Cabinet Fees Framework.  However, the Tribunal has been included in the latest Remuneration Authority Bill which has just been introduced to Parliament.  If enacted, this will change the basis of the pay.   

Any person within the community may nominate you for the role.  Nominations must be sent in writing or by email. They must contain the name, address, telephone number and email address of both the nominator and the person being nominated.   Once a nomination has been received, the person who is nominated will be sent an application pack with details relating to the position and how to apply for it.

Nominations are to be made to the Principal Disputes Referee, DX SX 11159, Wellington, Ph: (04) 9143131, or email disputestribunal@justice.govt.nz   Nominations must be received by this office no later than Friday, 30 December 2022.  Late nominations will not be accepted.

 

REFEREE, DISPUTES TRIBUNAL –WELLINGTON REGION 

The Disputes Tribunal is currently seeking expressions of interest in the role of Disputes Tribunal Referee for the Wellington region. The Disputes Tribunal is a division of the District Court, and currently hears a range of civil claims up to a value of $30,000.00.  Most of our disputes involve contract and consumer issues, but we also deal with other civil matters, such as car accidents, or claims in negligence causing damage to property.  Referees are appointed as judicial officers by warrant from the Governor-General on the advice of the Minister of Justice.  The role is part time, and generally involves 2-4 days a week of hearings, depending on caseflows. 

The Disputes Tribunal is becoming increasingly central in the delivery of civil justice and a further increase in jurisdiction is possible.  Referees are required to conduct hearings which take place at the local District Court building.  During the hearing, the Referee assesses whether the parties can come to an agreement about their dispute.  If not, the Referee makes a decision in the matter.  This decision is provided in writing, with reasons, and has the status of a District Court order.  As a judicial officer working in a Tribunal setting, you would need to have strong legal and analytical abilities, hold relevant qualifications in law, mediation or arbitration, and enjoy working with people from all walks of life to help them resolve their differences.  If you are new to the role, full training is provided.

It is important that the membership of the Tribunal reflects the community, and to that end we seek applications from people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and age groups.  The Tribunal is also committed to providing a service that reflects the principles of Te Tiriti, and to ensuring that the Tribunal is a place where all people feel welcomed and supported.    

Successful candidates will show abilities in listening, assessing information, making decisions, relating to and communicating with a wide variety of people, responding sensitively to cultural differences, expressing themselves clearly, and be able to engage in alternative ways of resolving disputes.  A Referee also needs to show common sense and practical judgement and must be able to act with fairmindedness and impartiality.  The full criteria for assessment are set out in R38 of the Disputes Tribunal Rules 1989.

Referees are currently paid $530.00 a day under the Cabinet Fees Framework.  However, the Tribunal has been included in the latest Remuneration Authority Bill which has just been introduced to Parliament.  If enacted, this will change the basis of the pay.   

Any person within the community may nominate you for the role.  Nominations must be sent in writing or by email. They must contain the name, address, telephone number and email address of both the nominator and the person being nominated.   Once a nomination has been received, the person who is nominated will be sent an application pack with details relating to the position and how to apply for it. 

Nominations are to be made to the Principal Disputes Referee, DX SX 11159, Wellington, Ph: (04) 914 3131, or email disputestribunal@justice.govt.nz   Nominations must be received by this office no later than Friday, 30 December 2022.  Late nominations will not be accepted.