Leadership of the District Court

The Chief District Court Judge, together with the Principal Family Court Judge and Principal Youth Court Judge, oversees the operation of the District Court. The Chief and Principal Judges are the public face of the court. Each has responsibility under New Zealand law to ensure the “orderly and expeditious conduct” of their courts.

The National Executive Judge supports the Chief Judge in the management of some administrative projects.

The Tangata Whenua Advisor advises the Chief Judge on matters concerning te ao Māori, and chairs the judges’ Māori, Pasifika, and Asian Advisory Group.


Chief District Court Judge

Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu

The Chief District Court Judge is the head of the District Court Judiciary. He or she is appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Attorney-General. The Chief Judge has responsibility for the orderly and efficient conduct of the court’s business.

The Chief Judge, however, cannot overrule or review another District Court Judge’s decision.

The current Chief District Court Judge is His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu.

Image of the Chief District Court Judge Heemi Taumaunu.

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu was appointed in September 2019.

Read more about His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu.


Principal Family Court Judge

Principal Family Court Judge Jackie Moran

The Principal Family Court Judge is responsible for ensuring the orderly and expeditious discharge of the business of the Family Court, in consultation with the Chief District Court Judge.

The current Principal Family Court Judge is Judge Jacquelyn (Jackie) Moran.

Principal Family Court Judge, Judge Jackie Moran

Her Honour Judge Jacquelyn Joy Moran was appointed Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand in November 2018.

Read more about Her Honour Judge Jacquelyn Moran.


Principal Youth Court Judge

Principal Youth Court Judge John Walker

The Principal Youth Court Judge is responsible for ensuring the orderly and expeditious discharge of the business of the Youth Court, in consultation with the Chief District Court Judge.

Picture of Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker. Head and Shoulders.

His Honour Judge John Walker was appointed Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand in July 2016.

Read more about His Honour Judge John Walker.


National Executive Judge

National Executive Judge Ida Malosi

The National Executive Judge is a judge of the District Court, and may sit in the court from time to time, but the primary focus of this role is to support the orderly and efficient conduct of the business of the courts.

Her Honour Judge Ida Malosi was appointed National Executive Judge in September 2021.


Consultant Judge

Judge L Hinton

Image of Judge Hinton