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, 118 KB] or you can read more about it in this information booklet [PDF, 149 KB].

Judge of the Employment Court

The Attorney-General wishes to hear from suitably qualified persons who would like to be considered for appointment as a Judge of the Employment Court in Auckland. Persons appointed to the Employment Court must have held a practising certificate as a barrister or solicitor for at least seven years.

The position will suit someone with a particular interest in, and knowledge of, New Zealand’s employment law. The criteria for judicial appointment includes:

  • sound knowledge of the law and experience of its application
  • qualities of character such as personal honesty and integrity, impartiality, good judgement, the ability to work hard and independence
  • ability to assist persons to resolve litigation other than by judgment
  • effective oral and written communication skills
  • ability to absorb and analyse complex and competing factual and legal material
  • aware of, and sensitive to, the diversity of modern New Zealand society
  • aware of the special characteristics of employment relationships.


The appointment process is similar to that of a District Court Judge. That process and criteria for appointment is here:

Judicial appointments info booklet with cover sheet [PDF, 149 KB]

Persons interested in appointment are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form, provide a Curriculum Vitae and submit them to by 5pm on Friday, 26 May 2017.

Expression of Interest form and declaration PDF [PDF, 117 KB]

Expression of Interest form and declaration Word [DOCX, 27 KB]

If you have already expressed interest in appointment as an Employment Court Judge please confirm your interest in this appointment by email to the above address.