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 information booklet [PDF, 149 KB].

Disputes Tribunal referees

Gisborne and Christchurch

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

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
Private Bag 32 001
Featherston Street
Wellington 6146
Ph: (04) 462 6695

For Gisborne: Nominations must be received by this office no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

For Christchurch: Nominations must be received by this office no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Community Magistrates

Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga

Expressions of interest are invited from persons qualified for appointment as Community Magistrates based at one of the above locations.

Community Magistrates were introduced to relieve the workload of District Court Judges and to improve access to and to increase community involvement in the justice system.  The office of Community Magistrate is now established under the District Court Act 2016.  Community Magistrates deal with a wide-ranging body of work which could otherwise be allocated to Judges, and play a significant and valued role in the modern District Court.

The preferred applicants will have a background and/or qualifications in law. In addition to having knowledge of the governing legislation and an interest in access to justice, applicants need to demonstrate:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications and / or experience
  • impartiality, open mindedness and good judgment
  • personal integrity
  • effective communication skills
  • connection to the community and an awareness of its diversity
  • awareness of Tikanga Māori

Any adult member of the community can qualify for appointment as a Community Magistrate, except: practising lawyers, Police officers, employees of the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Corrections or anyone contracted to carry out security work in prisons, and social workers employed by the Ministry of Social Development.

Expressions of interest close 5:00 pm on Friday 23 March 2018.

Position Description [DOC, 68 KB]

Expression of Interest [PDF, 198 KB] or Expression of Interest [DOCX, 42 KB]