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Membership

The Rules Committee is required by s 51B of the Judicature Act to have 11 mandatory members: the Chief Justice; the Chief High Court Judge and two other judges of the High Court appointed by the Chief Justice; the Chief District Court Judge; one other district court judge appointed by the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Chief District Court Judge; the Attorney-General; the Solicitor-General; the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice; and two barristers and solicitors nominated by the Council of the New Zealand Law Society and approved by the Chief Justice (s 51B(1)).

The Chief Justice may appoint any other person to be a member for a special purpose. That person holds office during the pleasure of the Chief Justice (s 51B(2)).

The Chief Justice and Chief High Court Judge attend all or part of most meetings. Other members may have a permanent nominee who attends meetings whether or not the principal member is present. Nominees are full members of the committee for all purposes other than the formal execution of concurrences. Concurrences are signed by a nominee only where the nominee has been appointed by the Chief Justice pursuant to s 51B(2).

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Members of the Rules Committee

(Constituted under s 51B of the Judicature Act 1908)

 

Ex Officio

The Chief Justice, the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias GNZM

The Chief High Court Judge, Hon Justice Winkelmann

The Chief District Court Judge, Hon Judge Jan Marie Doogue

The Attorney-General, Hon Christopher Finlayson QC

The Solicitor-General, Mr Michael Heron QC

Chief Executive, Ministry of Justice, Mr Andrew Bridgman

 

Appointed members

Appointment Details

Expiry Date

 

Hon Justice Asher, Chairperson (appointed by the Chief Justice)

3 years commencing 16 December 2014

15 December 2017

Hon Justice Gilbert (appointed by the Chief Justice)

3 years commencing 11 June 2013

10 June 2016 

Judge Brooke Gibson (appointed by the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Chief District Court Judge)

3 years commencing 24 March 2014

23 March 2017

Mr A C Beck (nominated by the Council of the New Zealand Law Society and approved by the Chief Justice)

3 years commencing 1 December 2014

30 November 2017

Mr B D Gray QC (nominated by the Council of the New Zealand Law Society and approved by the Chief Justice)

3 years commencing 22 December 2014

21 December 2017

Appointed by the Chief Justice For Special Purposes

 

Judge Paul Kellar

Appointed 24 March 2014

not more than 3 years (23 March 2017)

Andrew Barker

22 December 2014

not more than 3 years (21 December 2017)

Laura O'Gorman

Appointed 8 October 2013

not more than 3 years (7 October 2016)

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The Rules Committee is supported by Parliamentary Counsel Office, and currently Mr Bill Moore works with the Committee as the Special Parliamentary Counsel.

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