Individual judges explain their roles and the diverse skills and experience they bring to the bench.
Judge Anne Kiernan — Auckland Managing Judge, Sexual Violence Court Pilot
Image of Judge Anne Kiernan.
Judge Anne Kiernan
I am proud to be leading the Sexual Violence Court Pilot at the District...
Judge Patrick Grace — Family Court Judge
As a new judge in 1995 I found it a humbling experience to preside over a Family Court hearing and then make a decision that...
Judge Tony Lendrum
National Resource Judge for Family and Civil Settlement Conferences
Image of Judge Lendrum. A judicial settlement conference is a type of mediation conference convened by a judge.
Judge Frances Eivers — Tangata Whenua Judge
Ngā taonga tuku iho nō ngā tūpuna
A core cultural value of Maori is to establish a connection or kinship — whanaungatanga.
Tāngata whenua are connected to the...
Judge Chris McGuire — District Court Judge
Those on the autism spectrum present a unique set of challenges for a judge.
It is rare that these people commit crimes because they set out...
Judge Robert Murfitt — Family Court Judge
Image of Judge Murfitt with his children's book Claire and the Weka. It is well recognised that the practice of family law, including judging, is...
Judge Rosemary Riddell — Family Court Judge
My career as a Family Court judge began 11 years ago. While loving the job, I’ve also been able to supplement it by pursuing my...
Judge Maureen Southwick QC — Family Court Judge
In the five years I have spent as a Family Court judge in Manukau the complexity of issues coming before the court has noticeably...
Judge Chris Sygrove — District Court Judge
After 35 years in private legal practice in Wellington, I moved to New Plymouth when I was appointed a District Court judge in 2014.
Judge Jenny Binns — Family Court Judge
As a District Court judge I have adjusted well to working in a city after starting out in a smaller centre.
I have never found change...
Judge Emma Smith — Chief Judge’s Advisory Board Member
I was invited to join the Chief District Court Judge’s Advisory Board in 2017 and I hold the public sector portfolio. The...
Judge Peter Butler — District Court Judge
I have been a judge for 14 years, first in Invercargill, then as resident judge at Hutt Valley District Court, and now in Wellington.
Judge Philippa Cunningham — District Court Judge
The nature of work in the District Court’s civil jurisdiction is always increasing in type and complexity which makes it both challenging and interesting.
Judge Anthony Walsh — Family Court Judge/Youth Court Judge
I had the privilege of being Acting Principal Family Court Judge for two months in 2014 and Acting Principal Youth Court Judge in...
Judge Jacquelyn Moran — Family Court Judge
For the past 14 years I have sat as a Family Court judge in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Cases involving allegations of domestic violence are a significant...