Judicial Appointments

District Court Judges are appointed by the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General may consider the advice of the Chief Judge or Principal Judges. To be considered for appointment, a person must usually have held a New Zealand practising certificate for at least seven years.



Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue and Principal Family Court Judge Jackie Moran will present four seminars for legal professionals in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch on what it takes to be a modern judge.

The free "A Window into Life on the Bench" seminars for legal professionals are being hosted by NZLS. Any lawyers who have ever contemplated a judicial career are welcome to attend. For further information, follow the link below to the NZLS news webpage: