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The Honourable Justice Kós

The Honourable Justice Harrison

The Honourable Justice French

The Honourable Justice Miller

The Honourable Justice Cooper

The Honourable Justice Winkelmann

The Honourable Justice Asher

The Honourable Justice Brown

The Honourable Justice Clifford

The Honourable Justice Gilbert

 

Justice KosThe Honourable Justice Kós

Justice Stephen Kós graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in 1981 and LLM from Cambridge University in 1985. He became a partner in Perry Wylie Pope & Page in 1985, and in Russell McVeagh in 1988.  He joined the independent bar in 2005, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2007.  His principal fields of practice were commercial and environmental litigation.  He is an Honorary Fellow at the Victoria University Law School, where he taught restitution, evidence and civil procedure, and was formerly Pro-Chancellor of Massey University and Chairman of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.  Justice Kós was appointed to the High Court in April 2011, and to the Court of Appeal in September 2015. He was appointed President of the Court of Appeal with effect from 22 July 2016.

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The Honourable Justice Harrison

Justice Harrison graduated LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1971.  He worked for McAlister Mazengarb before working a year in Kampala, Uganda.  He returned to Auckland and was for some years a partner in Milne Meek (later McElroy Milne).  He went to the bar in 1988 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1994.  He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Auckland in 2001 and was appointed a Court of Appeal Judge on 1 July 2010.top

 

The Honourable Justice French

The Hon Justice French was educated in Invercargill and achieved an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Otago in 1981. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford (United Kingdom) and graduated BCL in 1983. On return to New Zealand she practised in the legal firm of French Burt Partners in Invercargill. She has been a member of various Law Society committees. Justice French was appointed to the Court of Appeal on 6 August 2012.top

 

The Honourable Justice Miller

Justice Forrie Miller (LLM, Toronto: BA/LLB (Hons), Otago) was appointed to the High Court of New Zealand in 2004, and to the Court of Appeal in 2013.  He was formerly chairman of Chapman Tripp, solicitors, where he had a commercial litigation practice focused on securities, regulatory and competition law.  He was chairman of Unison Networks Ltd, the electricity distributor for the Hawkes Bay, Rotorua and Taupo regions, and the Wellington Girls College Board of Trustees.

In the High Court the Judge was executive Judge for the Wellington circuit.  He designed and until 2013 managed the Earthquake List for the many cases arising from the Christchurch earthquakes.  For this work he shared the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Award for Excellence in 2013.

In the Court of Appeal the Judge has been responsible for developing electronic casebooks for use in criminal and civil jurisdictions.  He chairs the Judicial Reference Group, a cross-bench committee working with the Ministry of Justice on an electronic content management system which will lead to electronic filing and case management systems in all New Zealand courts.  He also chairs the Judicial Libraries Management Board, which exercises governance responsibilities over judicial libraries.top

 

The Honourable Justice Cooper

Justice Cooper is of Ngati Mahanga descent, a hapu of Waikato. Justice Mark Cooper studied law at the University of Auckland, graduating LLB (Hons), MJur (Dist) and winning the Fowlds prize in law in 1979. He commenced practice with the firm Butler White & Hanna, which later merged into Simpson Grierson, and was principal legal advisor for the Auckland City, North Shore City and Rodney District Councils, advising on a wide range of laws affecting local government, including resource management, rates and valuation. Justice Cooper became a barrister sole in 1997, and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2000. He was appointed to the High Court bench in Auckland in 2004 and to the Court of Appeal in 2014.top

 

The Honourable Justice Winkelmann

Justice Helen Winkelmann graduated BA, LLB from the University of Auckland in 1984 and was admitted to the bar in 1985. She was a partner at Phillips Fox from 1988 until she began practice as a barrister sole in May 2001, specialising in insolvency and commercial litigation. Justice Winkelmann was appointed a High Court Judge in July 2004 and appointed as Chief High Court Judge with effect from 1 February 2010. Justice Winkelmann joined the Court of Appeal bench with effect from 1 June 2015.top

 

The Honourable Justice Asher

Justice Raynor Asher graduated BA LLB (Hons) Auckland Law School in 1972, Senior Scholar in Law. He was the New Zealand Harkness Fellow to the United States in 1973-74 and graduated LLM, University of California (Berkeley) in 1974. Justice Asher was a partner at Kensington Haynes & White and Kensington Wallace, (later Kensington Swan) from 1976-86, and in 1986 commenced practice as a barrister. In 1992 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. From 1996-98 he was President of the New Zealand Bar Association, and then President of the Auckland District Law Society between 2002 and 2003. He took on the appointment of Vice President, New Zealand Law Society from 2003-05 and was appointed to the High Court bench in 2005. Justice Asher was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal on 22 July 2016.top

 

The Honourable Justice Brown

Justice Brown graduated LLB (Hons) in 1976 from the University of Canterbury and was admitted to the Bar in 1977 in New Zealand and to the Bar of the Australian Capital Territory in Canberra in 1990.  He was employed as a law clerk in a firm at Christchurch in 1976 and as a solicitor at Bell Gully, Wellington, from 1977-1982 before becoming a partner until 1992.  He commenced practice as a barrister sole in Wellington in March 1992 and was appointed a QC in 1997. Justice Brown was   appointed a High Court Judge in 2013 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in August 2016.

 

The Honourable Justice Clifford

Justice Denis Clifford graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington in 1978.  He joined the Wellington law firm Buddle Anderson Kent & Co, leaving in 1980 to take up a position as Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois Law School.  Justice Clifford returned to New Zealand to work for Buddle Findlay in 1982, went overseas again in 1984, working with London firm Slaughter and May, and on return to New Zealand in 1986 became a partner of Buddle Findlay, a position he held until 2001.  From 1998 to 2000 Justice Clifford was on secondment from his law firm as a member of the Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Justice Clifford joined the independent bar in 2002.  He was appointed a Judge of the High Court bench in April 2006. In April 2017 he was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal.

 

The Honourable Justice Gilbert

Justice Gilbert graduated LLB from Auckland University in 1977.  He was appointed a High Court Judge, sitting in Auckland, in 2012.  He was a partner at Kensington Swan from 1985 to 1996, Chapman Tripp from 1996 to 2004 and Gilbert/Walker from 2004 to 2012.  He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 and a High Court Judge in February 2012. Justice Gilbert was appointed to the Court of Appeal in June 2017.

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