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...