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.

If you are interested in seeking judicial appointment

Expressions of interest for appointment as a District Court Judge can be made to Attorney-General’s Judicial Appointments Unit.

The form to use can be found on the Ministry of Justice website:

Statutory vacancies