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Acting Judges

The permanent judges of the Supreme Court agreed on 6 March 2017 to adopt the following practice in relation to acting Judges.

Supreme Court Acting Judges March 2017


Arnold J

The Honourable Justice Arnold

Sir Terence Arnold graduated from Victoria University (BA and LLM) and New York University (LLM). He taught criminal law at Victoria University in Wellington as well as at several Canadian universities, including Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary. From 1985 to 1994 he was a partner of Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young. In 1994 he became a barrister sole and shortly thereafter he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. In 2000 he was appointed Solicitor-General a position he held until 2006 when he was appointed as a judge to the Court of Appeal. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on 11 June 2013. In 2017 he retired from the permanent bench of the Supreme Court but sits as a retired judge when required.



McGrath J

The Honourable Justice McGrath

Sir John McGrath graduated LLM from the Victoria University of Wellington in 1968. He was a litigation partner in a private law firm in Wellington until 1984 and later in private practice on his own. In 1987 he was appointed Queens Counsel. In 1989 he became Solicitor General of New Zealand. In that position he was the government’s chief legal adviser and advocate in the appellate courts. He was also head of the Crown Law Office which is the government department responsible for its litigation. In 2000 he was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal and in 2005 a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand which had been established in 2004. He became a Knight Commander of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009. In 2015 he retired from the permanent bench of the Supreme Court but sits as a retired Judge when required.