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Appointment as a District Court Judge

If you wish to register your interest in appointment as a District Court Judge you can fill in this:

Expression of interest form [PDF, 116 KB]

or you can read more about it in this:

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 [DOCX, 26 KB]

or you can read more about the protocol here:

Appointments protocol [PDF, 143 KB]

Environment Judge - Christchurch

The Attorney-General wishes to hear from suitably qualified persons who would like to be considered for appointment as an Environment Judge. In addition to appointment to that position the successful candidate will also be appointed a District Court Judge. To be eligible for appointment candidates must have held a practising certificate as a barrister or solicitor for at least seven years. 

Appointments to the Environment Court are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General following consultation with the Minister for the Environment and Minister of Māori Affairs.

The Attorney-General is conscious of the value of increasing diversity on the District Court bench generally and therefore seeks to encourage expressions of interest from qualified women as well as those from under-represented ethnic groups.

All eligible persons who complete an expression of interest form will be considered. Appointments are based on merit. The criteria for appointment include:

• Demonstrated knowledge and wide application of the law, in particular the Resource Management Act 1991, and overall high quality as a lawyer demonstrated in a relevant legal occupation.

• Personal qualities such as honesty and integrity, impartiality, good judgement and the ability to work hard.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• The ability to absorb and analyse complex and competing factual and legal material.

• Awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of New Zealand society.

• Knowledge of cultural and gender issues.

Persons interested in appointment are asked to complete an expression of Interest form, provide a Curriculum Vitae and submit them to judicialappointments@justice.govt.nz  by 5pm on Friday, 29 May 2020. That form and more information on the appointment process is available at: https://www.justice.govt.nz/about/statutory-vacancies/#dc-judge

Expression of interest form [PDF, 116 KB]

If you have already expressed interest in appointment as an Environment Judge based in Auckland, please confirm your interest in this appointment by email to the above address.

The appointee will not take up the role until October 2020.

 All expressions of interest will be handled with the highest degree of confidentiality.

Disputes Tribunal Referee - Auckland

There will shortly be a process for the appointment of Referees in the Auckland Region.  Members of the public are invited to submit the names of persons who are considered suitable for appointment as Referee.

Disputes Tribunal Referee - Auckland - Information pack [PDF, 72 KB]

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:

Principal Disputes Referee
DX SX11159
Wellington 6011
Ph:  (04) 462 6695
or email Kelly-Lea.Brown@justice.govt.nz

Nominations must be received by this office no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

Disputes Tribunal Referee - Whangarei

There will shortly be a process for the appointment of Referees in the Whangarei Region.  Members of the public are invited to submit the names of persons who are considered suitable for appointment as Referee.

Disputes Tribunal Referee - Whangarei - Information pack [PDF, 68 KB]

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:

Principal Disputes Referee
DX SX 11159
Wellington
Ph:  (04) 462 6695
or email Kelly-Lea.Brown@justice.govt.nz

Nominations must be received by this office no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 9 June 2020.