The Judges

There are 182 District Court Judges, not including the Chief District Court Judge, the Principal Family Court Judge, the Principal Youth Court Judge and the National Executive Judge.*  District Court Judges include among their numbers the six Environment Court Judges and four judges working full-time in other roles, such as the Chief Coroner and Chair of the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Acting-Warranted Judges sit part-time throughout the country as required (or in non-judicial roles). Part-time Acting-Warranted Judges are usually judges who have retired from full-time judging. Judges must retire from full-time judging at the age of 70, although they may be appointed for a further two years on an acting-warrant.

Judges are permanently based in 26 main centres, but travel to other courts on circuit. While every District Court Judge can preside over minor criminal matters, many judges specialise in particular aspects of the District Court system: jury trials, family, youth, civil or ACC appeals.

Please note that the Environment Court is not a division of the District Court, but all Environment Court Judges are considered District Court Judges.

District Court Judges may preside over cases in any District Court in the country. However, each judge has a home court where they are based and deal with most of their cases. Because not all courts have resident judges, many judges will travel to smaller circuit courts to hear cases on a regular basis.

District Court Judges (Current as at 12 May 2022)

Kaikohe

Her Honour Judge M Howard-Sager General/Family
His Honour Judge B Shortland General/Jury/Youth

Whangarei

Her Honour Judge T Bayley General/Jury
His Honour Judge GL Davis General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge H Ellis General/Family
Her Honour Judge L-V King General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge D Orchard General/Jury
His Honour Judge P Rzepecky General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge G Tomlinson General/Jury

North Shore

Her Honour Judge C Bennett General/Jury
Her Honour Judge A Fitzgibbon General/Jury
His Honour Judge SJ Maude General/Family
Her Honour DM Partridge General/Family

Waitakere

Her Honour Judge O Cassidy General/Youth
His Honour Judge KJ Glubb General/Jury
Her Honour Judge JM Jelas General/Jury
Her Honour Judge SM Morrison General/Family
Her Honour Judge EB Parsons General/Family
Her Honour Judge M Pecotic General/Jury
Her Honour Judge BR Pidwell General/Family
His Honour Judge T Singh General/Jury
Her Honour Judge L Tremewan General/Jury/Youth

Auckland

Her Honour Judge EM Aitken General/Jury
His Honour Judge JB Bergseng General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge S Bonnar General/Jury
His Honour Judge DA Burns General/Family
His Honour Judge D Clark General/Civil
His Honour Judge L de Jong General/Family
His Honour Judge AJ Fitzgerald General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge SJ Fleming General/Family
His Honour Judge GA Fraser General/Jury
His Honour Judge BA Gibson General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge D Henare General/ACC appeals
Her Honour Judge K Lummis General/Jury
Her Honour Judge AM Manuel General/Family
Her Honour Judge NJ Mathers General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge K Maxwell General/Jury
His Honour Judge IA McHardy General/Family
His Honour Judge K Muir General/Family
Her Honour Judge CM Ryan General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge B Sellars General/Jury
His Honour Judge DJ Sharp General/Jury
Her Honour Judge MB Sharp General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge AA Sinclair General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge P Sinclair General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge A Skellern General/Jury/Family
His Honour Judge EM Thomas General/Jury
Her Honour Judge R von Keisenberg General/Family
His Honour Judge PJB Winter General/Jury

Manukau

Her Honour Judge TV Clark Jury/General
His Honour Judge RJ Earwaker General/Jury
Her Honour Judge JL Forrest General/Jury
Her Honour Judge PS Ginnen General/Family
His Honour Judge AP Goodwin General/Family 
Her Honour Judge K Grau General/Jury
His Honour Judge AG Mahon General/Family
His Honour Judge R McIlraith General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge DJ McNaughton General/Jury
Her Honour Judge S Moala General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge JC Moses General/Jury
Her Honour Judge S Otene General/Civil/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge S Patel General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge ML Rogers General/Family
Her Honour Judge K Tan General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge G Wagner General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge N Webby General/Jury
His Honour Judge AM Wharepouri General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge Y Yelavich General/Jury

Papakura

His Honour Judge A Laurenson General/Family
His Honour Judge GT Winter General/Jury

Hamilton

His Honour Judge D Blair General/Family
Her Honour Judge DC Clark General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge S Clark General/Jury/Civil
His Honour Judge ND Cocurullo General/Jury/Youth/Family
His Honour Judge GS Collin General/Family
His Honour Judge PP Crayton General/Jury/Civil
His Honour Judge B Crowley General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge J Down General/Jury
Her Honour Judge N Grimes General/Family
His Honour Judge RG Marshall General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge R Paul General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge KBF Saunders General/Jury

Tauranga

His Honour Judge LM Bidois General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge IDR Cameron General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge CL Cook General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge SJ Coyle General/Family/Jury
His Honour Judge JP Geoghegan General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge CJ Harding General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge TR Ingram General/Civil/Jury 
His Honour Judge W Lawson General/Jury

Rotorua

Her Honour Judge M Broek General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge GC Hollister-Jones General/Jury/Civil
Her Honour Judge MA MacKenzie General/Jury/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge EP Paul General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge AJS Snell General/Jury
Her Honour Judge AC Wills General/Family/Youth

Gisborne

Her Honour Judge T Bolstad General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge WP Cathcart General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge HLC Raumati General/Family/Youth

Napier

His Honour Judge PJ Callinicos General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge RJ Collins General/Jury/Civil
Her Honour Judge BM Mackintosh General/Civil/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge GA Rea General/Civil/Jury

Hastings

Her Honour Judge JJ Blake General/Family
His Honour Judge G Matenga General/Jury/Youth

New Plymouth

His Honour Judge T Greig General/Jury/Civil/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge LC Harrison General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge GF Hikaka General/Jury/Youth

Whanganui

His Honour Judge I Carter General/Jury/Civil
His Honour Judge DG Matheson General/Youth/Family

Palmerston North

Her Honour K Broughton General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge SB Edwards General/Jury
His Honour Judge J Krebs General/Jury
Her Honour Judge JF Moss General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge B Northwood General/Jury
His Honour Judge LC Rowe General/Jury/Civil/Youth

Masterton

Her Honour Judge BA Morris General/Jury/Youth

Porirua

His Honour Judge JAR Johnston  General/Jury/Youth

Hutt Valley

His Honour Judge M Mika General/Jury/Youth

Wellington

Her Honour Judge JA Binns General/Jury/Family
His Honour Judge TM Black General/Family
His Honour Judge B Davidson General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge SM Harrop General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge PAH Hobbs General/Jury
Her Honour Judge JM Kelly General/Jury/Youth/Civil
His Honour Judge KD Kelly General
Her Honour Judge A McLeod General/Family
Her Honour Judge C Montague General/Family
HIs Honour Judge A Nicholls General/Jury
Her Honour Judge MNE O’Dwyer General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge N Sainsbury General/Jury/Civil
His Honour Judge AIM Tompkins General/Jury/Civil

Nelson

His Honour Judge G Barkle General/Jury/Civil/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge J Rielly General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge RJ Russell General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge AA Zohrab General/Civil/Jury/Youth

Christchurch

His Honour Judge M Callaghan General/Jury/Civil
His Honour Judge AA Couch General
His Honour Judge MA Crosbie General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge M Duggan General/Family
Her Honour Judge JA Farish General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge AD Garland General/Jury
His Honour Judge TJ Gilbert General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge J Hambleton General/Family
His Honour Judge Q Hix General/Youth
His Honour Judge M Hunt General/Civil/Family
His Honour Judge PR Kellar General/Civil/Jury
Her Honour Judge SMR Lindsay General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge GM Lynch General/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge T McKenzie General/Family
Her Honour Judge JA McMeeken General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge RE Neave General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge SJ O’Driscoll General/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge P Shearer General/Family

Timaru

His Honour Judge D Dravistzki General/Family/Youth
Her Honour Judge JE Maze General/Jury/Civil/Youth

Dunedin

His Honour Judge D Flatley General/Family/Youth
His Honour Judge D Robinson General/Jury/Civil
Her Honour Judge E Smith General/Family/Jury
His Honour Judge MBT Turner General/Civil/Family/Jury/Youth

Invercargill

Her Honour Judge CM Doyle General/Family
Her Honour Judge BA Farnan General/Family/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge R Walker General/Jury/Youth/Family

Environment Court Judges

Her Honour Judge M Dickey Environment
(Auckland)
His Honour Judge D Kirkpatrick Principal Environment (Auckland)
His Honour Judge JA Smith Environment
(Auckland)
Her Honour Judge JE Borthwick Environment
(Christchurch)
His Honour Judge JJM Hassan Environment/Jury
(Christchurch)
Her Honour Judge P Steven QC Environment
(Christchurch)

Other Full-time Judges

His Honour Judge CJ Doherty Independent Police Conduct Authority
His Honour Judge PR Connell Chair, Alcohol Regulatory
 and Licensing Authority
Her Honour Judge DA Marshall Chief Coroner
His Honour Judge CM Treadwell Chair, Immigration and
Protection Tribunal
His Honour Judge GA Wiltens Vanuatu Secondment
His Honour Judge WK Hastings High Court of Kiribati

Acting-Warranted Judges

His Honour Judge JG Adams General/Family
His Honour Judge JJ Brandts-Giesen Family
His Honour Judge D Brown Family
His Honour Judge BP Callaghan General/Youth
His Honour Judge PR Connell Jury/Youth
HIs Honour Judge P Cooper General/Jury/Civil/Youth
His Honour Judge NR Dawson General/Civil
His Honour Judge KB de Ridder Civil/Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge TH Druce Family
His Honour Judge BP Dwyer Environment
His Honour Judge P Grace Family/Youth
His Honour Judge D Harvey Jury
His Honour Judge DG Harvey Jury
His Honour Judge JD Large Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge JH Lovell-Smith Jury
His Honour Judge PG Mabey General/Civil
His Honour Judge J McDonald General/Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge CJ McGuire Jury
His Honour Judge I McHardy General/Family
His Honour Judge AS Menzies Civil/Jury
His Honour IG Mill Family/Jury/Youth
Her Honour Judge JF Munro Family
His Honour Judge LJ Newhook Environment
His Honour Judge KJ Phillips Jury
His Honour Judge P Recordon General/Mental Health/Youth
His Honour Judge PS Rollo Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge DC Ruth Jury/Youth
His Honour Judge L Ryan Family
His Honour Judge AS Singh Jury
His Honour Judge D Smith Jury/Family/Civil
Her Honour Judge AE Somerville Family
Her Honour Judge MJ Southwick QC Family
His Honour Judge RLB Spear Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge CD Sygrove Jury
His Honour Judge CN Tuohy Civil/Jury
His Honour Judge AJ Twaddle Family
His Honour Judge NA Walsh Family/Youth